At last report the Taliban were continuing the trial of 8 Shelter Now International aid workers imprisoned in August on charges of spreading Christianity: Australians Peter Bunch, 57, and Diana Thomas, 50; Americans Heather Mercer, 24, and Dayna Curry, 29; and German citizens George Taubmann,45; Katrin Jelinek, 29; Margrit Stebner, 43; and Silke Durrkopf, 36. All are single except Taubmann, who has a wife and two teenage sons. Yvonne Ridley, the British journalist released October 9 by the Taliban after 10 days in captivity, confirmed that she had shared a cell briefly in Kabul with the six women relief workers.
"They'd been there for two months, and those women just had a tremendous inner strength," Ridley declared in an article published by the Daily Express in London. Ridley said that one of the six Christians was on a hunger strike, and hadn't eaten for 20 days. All of the detainees have suffered some from stomach problems, according to sources close to their families.
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