Reporter Makes Daring Escape From Afghanistan

5:13 PM, Jun 21, 2009   |    comments
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PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER)--A reporter from Maine has escaped from the Taliban in Afghanistan. David Rohde fled his captors on Friday, along with an Afghan reporter. They scaled a wall and are now safe in Pakistan.

Rohde is a reporter for the New York Times and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He was taken captive on November 10th while researching a book on Afghanistan.

Rohde is a graduate of Fryeburg Academy. He got married in Maine last September, two months before he was captured. His father lives in Kennebunk.

Rohde was also held captive in Bosnia in 1995 while reporting for the Christian Science Monitor.

The following is a statement from his family: It is hard to describe the enormous relief we felt at hearing the news of David's escape and knowing he is safe. Every day during these past seven months, we have hoped and prayed for this moment.

We continue to be grateful for the generous support from so many around the world including The Times, the media, private consultants, the U.S. State and Defense Departments, as well as the governments of Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.

To the countless others who were generous with their thoughts, prayers and counsel, we extend our heartfelt thanks.

As we eagerly await reuniting with David, we ask that our family's privacy be respected at this time.





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