I think this is the first time I've seen the story of the Korean hostages on the front page of Google News. Finally?
Praise God - it looks like they will be released soon. I'll post a few specific prayer requests later.
The price of their release? Korea will pull all their troops out of Korea by the end of the year and remove any Korean Christian ministry/teams working in Afghanistan. While the Taliban is denying there was a monetary ransom paid, I have little doubt that money is involved. Estimates have ranged from $100,000 - 500,000 per person.
Most articles I have seen this morning also include a statement from the families of the hostages, apologizing for "causing trouble" by allowing the team to travel to Afghanistan.
Short story: Korean group travels to war-torn country to help the country and its people by assisting at a hospital. Afghanistan group kidnaps Korean group and kills two members. When the Korean group is finally released, who apologizes to the world for the trouble? Apparently not the kidnappers.