A prisoner of war POW is a person, whether a combatant or a non-combatant , who is held captive by a belligerent power during or immediately after an armed conflict.
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All nations pledged to follow the Hague rules on fair treatment of prisoners of war, and in general the POWs had a much higher survival rate than their peers who were not captured. In the fourth century AD, Bishop Acacius of Amida , touched by the plight of Persian prisoners captured in a recent war with the Roman Empire, who were held in his town under appalling conditions and destined for a life of slavery, took the initiative in ransoming them by selling his church's precious gold and silver vessels and letting them return to their country. We are prosecuting plunder and our Allies are practicing it. He was one of prisoners held in a compartment below the decks.