American Tourist Kimberly Endicott, Kidnapped in Uganda, Shares Her Story of Fear and Adaptation During Her Abduction to the Democratic Republic of Congo

Kimberly Endicott, an American tourist who was kidnapped in Uganda and held captive for nearly five days, shared her story in an exclusive interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King. King joined CBSN to talk about what Endicott had to say.

While on a tour at the Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda, Kimberly Endicott, from California, was abducted for five days. In early April 2019, after she was kidnapped on a lonely road along with her tour guide and an elderly couple, the elderly couple was released but the tour guide and Kimberly Endicott were held captive all the way on a walk to cross the border from Uganda to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

While a search effort was underway, the kidnappers began making calls to the tour company demanding a ransom and giving tour guide JP Mirenge Remezo and Kimberly Endicott the phone at points in the negotiations.

In the CBS News video with Gayle King, Kimberly Endicott describes her fear and her adaptation to survive, including sharing the beautiful sight of the Milky Way with her four captors.

A ransom was finally paid, but it has never been clear where the money came from, or the amount of the ransom. A woman from the Ugandan Wildlife Authority met with Endicott’s captors and handed over the money. The woman and a man with a motorcycle then took the two freed captives to safety.

Once they were free, the abduction was reported across the world.

See also …
CBS News | Kimberly Endicott, U.S. woman kidnapped in Uganda, begins trip home after ransom payment

CBS News | New details on Kimberley Sue Endicott’s kidnapping in Uganda revealed as arrests made

CBS News | American tourist kidnapped in Uganda says the men who took her were also her “protectors”

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