Download PDF by David Rohde: A rope and a prayer : a kidnapping from two sides

By David Rohde

ISBN-10: 1101441399

ISBN-13: 9781101441398

ISBN-10: 1101445394

ISBN-13: 9781101445396

The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction through the Taliban, and his wife's fight to loose him.

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He seems nervous and belligerent. I hope there has been some kind of mistake. I hope the gunmen will call Abu Tayyeb. He will vouch for us and quickly order our release, a scenario that played out with the American journalist who ventured to Ghazni. Instead, our car hurtles down the road, following a yellow station wagon with more armed men in it. The gunman in the passenger seat shouts more commands. Tahir tells me they want our cell phones and other possessions. ” “Tell them we’re journalists,” I say.

Fun Fearless Female” 23 It’s a crisp afternoon. The sky is clear, the river calm. Despite the tidi­ ness of my new, modern surroundings, I feel as if my life has plunged into disarray. I thought I was prepared for this kind of call. Before we mar­ ried, David and I discussed the inherent risks in his work as a foreign correspondent. We talked about several worst case scenarios, including injury and even death. These tragedies are concrete and would follow a prescribed protocol. But I never anticipated what to do in the uncertain face of David going missing.

Qari tells us that an Afghan policeman who secretly supports the Taliban spotted me at a checkpoint. He then warned the Taliban we were coming. I curse myself for not covering my face better. In brief exchanges, I learn more about Tahir and Asad. In truth, we are strangers. The three of us have never worked together before. Tahir has been working with foreign journalists since 2001 and adores the pro­ fession. He brightens when he speaks about other foreign and Afghan journalists we both know. Thirty-four years old, he is a university­ educated and religious Afghan who hails from the southern province of Zabul.

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