Family of Abducted US Reporter in Syria Pleads for Answers
(NEW YORK) — James Foley’s family is making an all-out media push to get answers about the 39-year-old freelance journalist’s abduction in Syria last Thanksgiving.
Foley, who was working for The Global Post, was reportedly driving his car in Idlib Province when men brandishing knives allegedly forced him out of the vehicle and kidnapped him.
Last week, Foley’s family held a press conference to read a statement about his abduction and on Tuesday, his mother, Diane, appeared on NBC’s Today to ask for information about where her son might have been taken.
Diane explained that her son was an objective reporter who “really cares, particularly about the vulnerable ones, the children in the midst of the war, and the civilians in the midst of it all.”
Foley’s brother, Michael, added, “He’s an innocent journalist who is doing his job, and to appeal to the people that are holding him, to release him safely, to release him unharmed.”
While covering the civil unrest in Libya nearly two years ago, Foley was abducted and held by government forces for six weeks.
However, Diane said that kidnapping was different because Foley was taken in full view of others. In Syria, all the family can go by is hearsay.
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