558 Days (Paperback)Yolande Korkie & Maretha Maartens
A gripping true story of supreme love, absolute forgiveness and an unwavering faith in the Almighty God.
558 days of hell. Two souls united in body and spirit. One Almighty God. This is the story of Yolande and Pierre Korkie, who were kidnapped by Al Qaeda, as told by Yolande. Pierre never survived to tell the tale.
In this touching story, Yolande relives the couple’s kidnapping and brutal severance from their children and life as they knew it. From the moment they were kidnapped until Yolande’s release and then through to Pierre’s tragic death during a failed rescue attempt, 558 Days recounts the Korkies’ horrific ordeal.
This is the true story of a level of love that few couples will ever experience; of faith that grows stronger through adversity and of forgiveness that is more powerful than human boundaries. This is the story of 558 Days.
Also included are 16 pages of full-colour photos from Yolande’s personal photo album, excerpts from Pierre’s personal journals written while in captivity and a moving letter written by Yolande to Pierre after his death.
Also available in Afrikaans under the title 558 Dae
About the Author
Yolande Korkie is the widow of Pierre and mother of Peter and Lize. Born in the USA, but grown on South African soil, she holds a master’s degree in Psychology and a diploma in Pastoral Counselling. As Pierre’s helpmate, she supported him in his endeavours as if they were her own; farming, mentoring, and Yemen. There she lived the language through teaching, relief work and equestrian activities. They are currently living in South Africa and Yolande lectures at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.
Maretha Maartens assisted Yolande in the writing of 558 Days and translated the text into Afrikaans. Maretha is the author of 160 books, some of which have received national and international awards.
ByYolande Korkie & Maretha Maartens
Size148 x 210 mm
Number of Pages544 pp
PublisherChristian Art Publication
Monday, 27 May 2013 – 14h37 in Yemen
“Fein Baba wa Mama?”
Where are your Father and Mother?
When Peter, our son, answered the phone that Monday after-
noon, he no doubt recognised Rafeek’s gentle, calm voice, but as
his eye caught the hands of the cheap Yemeni clock against the
wall, he immediately sensed something was wrong.
Rafeek was an employee at the stables where I worked and he
was well known to our children. When the fodder supply needed
replenishing, colic or foaling season came, he or the other
employees would call our house for instructions and advice. I
would often travel alone to the stables, and always before leav-
ing the house I would call to alert them that I would be arriving
at the obscured, locked security gate in 20 minutes – the ap-
proximate time it took from our house to the stables.
This particular Monday afternoon I had made my expected
call informing them of our intentional arrival even though Pierre
would be the driver that day and I would be a passenger. The
post-revolution months in Yemen were fragile and volatile; coerc-
ing us into cautiousness about routines and routes.
Review this Product
- KM wrote:
- "Heart-wrenching, brave, courageous! I can only imagine the suffering. She and her family are in my thoughts as well as those who are daily kidnapped. Thank you for writing this book, every word especially the epilogue...it has been a great help in my suffering. I am encouraged. May Jesus be lifted up!" - Posted on 4/2/16
- Aj wrote:
- "A harrowing, yet heart warming story between a couple and there adoptive country. The beginning grips you with fear and you can only imagine the thoughts, feelings and emotions experienced by all affected. Absolutely brave and courageous and depicts the importance of God in our lives." - Posted on 3/1/16