The Conversation: Tourists Kidnapped in Yemen Share Ordeal

Hear how one couple's vacation took an unusual turn

May 28, 2010— -- Ludmila Yamalova and Glen Davis were in the middle of their vacation in Yemen when a sightseeing trip in the mountains took a terrible turn. Davis and Yamalova were kidnapped by armed Yemeni tribesmen who were hoping to trade the two Americans for a family member who was in jail.

The Yemeni government was eventually able to negotiate their release. Yamalova and Davis flew to Dubai on Thursday

In today's Conversation Yamalova and Davis speak with ABC's Lara Setrakian about the ordeal. They explain their initial confusion, and how eventually that turned into serious fear.

Still, the experience was not exactly your normal kidnapping, Yamalova tricked their kidnappers into thinking her cell phone was off. Instead she used it to text U.S. officials in Dubai, who began working on their release. They were also able to take pictures with the phone while in captivity.

Today's Conversation is an example of one very tense, strange and compelling vacation that luckily had a happy ending.

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