Rescued kenyans 'prayed for a miracle' -1/3/2003
Two Kenyan truck drivers captured and paraded on television by Iraqi militiamen have described how they prayed together before they were freed by British soldiers. David Mukaria and Jakubu Kamau were not thenselves soldiers, were contracted to deliver food to US troops in Iraq. They said they got separated from their convoy and were ambushed by around 20 guerrilla fighters. They were then held captive for 10 days, during which they were beaten and blindfolded. The two men were rescued by soldiers from the Black Watch, who were tipped off that the pair were being held in a disused school in Al Zubayr, southern Iraq. Mr Kamau, 37, told reporter Nick Parker of The Sun: "I was sure we were going to die." "I remember seeing a man with his finger on the pin of a grenade as they argued about whether they would kill us or not." "David and I are both Christians and I said 'We must pray together for a miracle.'" "So we prayed and 30 minutes later the door swung open and there were two British soldiers standing there. "God must have given them the power to save us. It really was a miracle that they came." Mr Mukaria, 53, told reporter Gethin Chamberlain of The Scotsman; "We could not see them but we heard them talking. Some of them were speaking in English. Some of them said, `kill them', some of them said, 'no'. We just prayed and prayed."