22nd March 2012, 3:56pm
Iraq hostage to tell his story in free public lecture
Peter Moore as a hostage in Iraq A Briton who was kidnapped and held hostage in Iraq for almost three years will speak about his experiences in a free public lecture at the University of Lincoln.

Peter Moore, an IT consultant, was kidnapped alongside four bodyguards by an Iraqi militia while working in Baghdad in May 2007. He spent two years, seven months and one day as a captive, enduring beatings and mock executions, before his sudden and unexpected release in December 2009. The four men kidnapped alongside him were all killed by their captors.

Mr Moore will give a rare public account of his ordeal when he delivers a guest lecture at the University of Lincoln.

The talk, 'Peter Moore: Hostage in Iraq' is part of the University's Lincoln Academy series of free cultural events. It takes place on Tuesday 3rd April, starting at 6pm in the EMMTEC building on the main Brayford Pool campus.

Mr Moore, who grew up and went to school in Lincoln, travelled the world as an IT consultant, working in developing countries. He spent long periods in China and Guyana before taking a role at the Ministry of Finance in post-war Iraq.

His talk in Lincoln will be one of only a handful of occasions Mr Moore has spoken to a public audience about his kidnapping.

Mr Moore, who still spends much of his time working overseas, 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."

Admission to Peter Moore's Lincoln Academy lecture is free but audience members should register their place in advance by contacting the University's Events Team on tel: 01522 837100, email: events@lincoln.ac.uk, or online at: www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/whatson/eventsconferences/
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