Stephen McGown, who was longest held of the Timbuktu Three, reveals he converted to Islam during his six years in captivity

A South African man who was held hostage by al-Qaida in Mali for almost six years said he converted to Islam to help cope with the ordeal.

Stephen McGown, who also holds British citizenship, was set free at the end of July after being kidnapped in 2011 at a hostel in Timbuktu, where he had been staying while travelling across the Sahara on a motorbike.

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