- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

ROSE HILL, Kan. (AP) - A former missionary held hostage for more than a year is recalling the experience as the 15-year anniversary of her abduction approaches.

Members of the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf militant group kidnapped Gracia Burnham and her late husband, Martin, on May, 27, 2001. The Kansas couple had been celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary at a Philippines resort.

Gracia Burnham was wounded and her husband died in the June 2002 rescue effort that freed her.

The Wichita Eagle (https://bit.ly/1WcqYDA ) reports that Gracia Burnham still travels about 100 days a year, talking about her captivity.

A few weeks ago, Gracia moved back into the house that the south-central Kansas town of Rose Hill built for her and her family. One of her three children had been living there after a missionary pilot stint.


Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, https://www.kansas.com

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