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Ten things I learned that helped me survive as an Al-Qaeda hostage

SA man Stephen McGown was held captive in the desert for over five years. He tells how he got through it

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In 2011, banker Stephen McGown set off for a six-month motorbike trip through Africa. He returned home six years later a very different man.

He believes a positive attitude kept him alive during the five years and eight months he was held prisoner by Al-Qaeda in Mali.

McGown and his wife Catherine now own a farm in the Northern Cape, from where they travel for public speaking engagements around the country...

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