A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides by David Rohde

By David Rohde

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

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We drove into Lashkar Gah, Helmand’s provincial capital, and he raved about how the town had changed since the 1970s. Stores brimmed with food, household goods, and televisions. ” Grader shouted as we drove down through the city trailed by a half dozen Afghan security guards. ” Lashkar Gah had fascinated me ever since. The town was built by American engineers as part of one of the largest foreign development projects in United States history. For thirty-three years, from 1946 to 1979, a massive American Cold War program tried to wean Afghans from Soviet influence.

In an ominous sign, we turn left off the main asphalt road onto a dirt track. If we somehow overpower the gunmen in our car, the men in the station wagon will shoot us. I don’t want to get Asad and Tahir killed. My imprisonment in Bosnia ended safely after ten days. I am hoping our luck is as good here. One of the gunmen says something and Tahir turns to me. “They want to know your nationality,” Tahir says. I hesitate and wonder whether I should say I am Canadian. Being an American is disastrous, but lying is worse.

And my younger brother, Erik, has happily shifted from being a police officer and paramedic to a business operations manager for a helicopter ambulance company. He has also become one of my closest friends. After driving across the country together three years ago, we talk by phone once or twice a week. My stepbrothers, Joel and Dan, have become dear friends with whom I share an avid love for Boston sports teams. I have a tremendous amount to return to. My cell phone rings at dusk as I am about to begin an interview.

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