Journalist James Foley reflects on being captured in Libya
By Lacey Crisp. CREATED Dec 7, 2011 - UPDATED: Dec 7, 2011
MILWAUKEE- As a journalist, James Foley says it's weird being interviewed and says he'd rather be reporting. He says he's glad that so many people are interested in learning about his days in captivity Libya.
"I've thought about it a lot, I've had hours and hours to think about it. Of course in retrospect you had the signs that we should have pulled back," Foley explained.
Early in April, Marquette grad James Foley and three other journalists went past a check point they knew was pushing the limits.
"At one point we said, this is dangerous, but we don't want to go back yet," Foley said.
The group of journalists was shot at and three were taken into custody. Photographer Anton Hammerl was shot and killed.
"We were thrown in the back of the truck and zip tied for hours," Foley said.
Foley explains he was treated well during his captivity, but admits the first day was brutal.
"We were knocked around."
Then, nearly three weeks after his capture, Foley was able to call home.
"I was just praying, let my mom be home, because I didn't know her cell phone number!"
His last night in Tripoli he spent at the Hungarian Embassy and was able to see for himself on the Internet the outpouring of love and prayers from his friends back in Milwaukee.
"I saw a vigil on YouTube somehow, and I clicked on a few links. I said, this is unbelievable."
Foley says it was that love and support from his Marquette friends that kept him strong.
"I can't babysit, rake enough leaves, paint enough interiors to every repay them," Foley said.
Three months after Foley's release he went back to Libya and was there when leader Moammar Ghaddafy was killed.
He says he will continue reporting in war-torn areas.