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Family Of Kidnapped N.H. Journalist Speaks Out

The freelance journalist James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire was taken captive in northern Syria on Thanksgiving Day. Now, after weeks of silence, his family is speaking out.

At the family’s home in Rochester, James’ father John Foley read a written statement to reporters. Visibly worried, Foley appealed to James’ captors to work with him towards his son’s release.

“We’re gravely concerned for Jim’s safety and his welfare. We miss him terribly. He’s in our thoughts and prayers, and we’re committed to do everything we can in our power to bring him home.”

Foley also asked for third party cooperation to confirm his son’s health and welfare.

Syria was the deadliest country in the world for journalists last year according to The Committee to Protect Journalists. 28 reporters died there in 2012.

James Foley was also captured in Libya two years ago during their civil war.

Before becoming a reporter for NHPR, Ryan devoted many months interning with The Exchange team, helping to produce their daily talk show. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Manchester with a major in Politics and Society and a minor in Communication Arts. While in school, he also interned for a DC-based think tank. His interests include science fiction and international relations. Ryan is a life-long Manchester resident.
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