An Australian man was abducted and imprisoned by Muslim militants in the Southern Philippines for 472 days and has shed more light on his experience. He is telling his story of his brushes with death and also the methods he used to stop himself from going insane and giving up hope of rescue.
Warren Rodwell's hands were bloodied as the men with attack tools hurried him through the rice paddies, beating his shoulders and also head with the butts of their guns.
Then one of them leaned in.
"I'm your best friend," he claimed. "Do you have a phone with you? Do you have any type of money in the house?”
Warren Rodwell, a former soldier as well as an English educator from Sydney, was taken from his residence on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines in December 2011.
He was shirtless and shoeless. The men didn't care and he was threatened with death if he ran.
He believes his experience resembles what current hostages are withstanding - an experience that left him too weak to walk.
Fifteen months after his abduction, he says his captors almost eliminated him through their incompetence.
He states he was shot through his forefinger and almost drowned at sea whilst being taken to his first destination.
"After we went out to sea for an hour, the watercraft exploded. The electric motors went on fire.” Mr. Rodwell claimed.