For more than six weeks, a British broadcaster was captured, chained up and tortured by Sudanese authorities. During his hellish ordeal, he managed to take videos and hid the memory card in his anus.
As reported by Independent UK, Phil Cox together with his colleague, Daoud Hari crossed the border into Sudan in an attempt to document the plight of the people in the Darfur region but, they were soon abducted by armed men. They were held hostage by guards armed with AK47s.
After they were captured, they discovered that the Sudanese authorities had tracked their movements and put a “capture or kill” bounty on their heads for more than £250,000.
The armed men chained the pair to a tree in the dessert for a week and they were beaten.
Mr Cox was able to trick his captors into filming themselves on his camera. He took the memory card and, in order to preserve the footage he had already obtained, wrapped it in a strip of black plastic and hid it inside himself.
The contents of that memory card are to feature in a two-part film by Channel 4 News, which commissioned Mr Cox and Mr Hari to report on the impact of illegal migration through Sudan and investigate allegations of Sudanese government attacks on civilians in Darfur using chemical weapons.
However, their ordeal did not end in the desert. The armed men transferred the pair to the Sudanese Government authorities, who detained them in the notorious Kobar Prison, Khartoum.
During his 40-day detention, Mr Cox was beaten, given electric shocks with a cattle prod and once subjected to a mock execution.
After repeated negotiations from the US and UK governments, Mr Hari – a Sudanese national granted asylum in the US – was released on 18 January, followed by Mr Cox on 1 February.
Phil Cox and Daoud Hari revealed all their experiences as captives in a documentary by Channel 4 News.
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