Former Iraq hostage tells his tale at public lecture

A Lincoln IT consultant who became a hostage for nearly three years in Iraq will be talking about his ordeal in a public lecture at the University of Lincoln.

Peter Moore had been working on specialist IT training in Bagdad in may 2007, when he and four other people were kidnapped and taken hostage by Iraqi militia.

He was held captive for two years, seven months and one day, having to endure beatings and mock executions, before being released in December 2009.

The four men kidnapped alongside him were all killed by their kidnappers.

The talk, entitled Peter Moore: Hostage in Iraq is part of the Lincoln Academy free cultural events series by the university.

Moore grew up and went to school in Lincoln before travelling across the world as an IT consultant in developing countries.

His Lincoln talk will be one of only a handful of talks he has given regarding his ordeal since his kidnapping.

He said: “I only spent two months back in the UK after I was released. Most recently I was in South America and I’ll be going to the US in May.

“It’s strange being back in the UK, because all people ask me about is being taken hostage. When I’m away, nobody knows me – I’m just an IT guy!

“But I do find it therapeutic talking about it, especially here in Lincoln.”

The event is free and open to the public, and will be held in the EMMTEC building (on the main university campus) on April 3 at 6pm.

To register your place in advance, contact the University’s Events Team on 01522 837100 or by email.

Source: University of Lincoln