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A Rope and a Prayer
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Location:OSI-New York
Event Date:December 16, 2010
In November 2008, en route to an interview in the Afghan desert, New York Times reporter David Rohde was kidnapped by the Taliban, along with his translator/fixer and driver. The three men were held hostage in various locations in Afghanistan and Pakistan. On the other side of the world, Rohde's wife Kristen Mulvihill and a team based in three countries worked to coordinate a state-of-the-art response to the kidnapping. In the end, however, all came to naught, and Mulvihill and Rohde—who had only been married two months when he was taken—both realized they were in fact utterly on their own to find a solution.
Rohde and Mulvihill spoke at this panel event about their book A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides, which was written with funding from the Open Society Foundations. The book recounts Rohde’s experience in captivity in the tribal regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Mulvihill’s struggle back home in New York City.
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