Friday, June 26, 2009

Escaped New York Times Reporter’s
Family Issues Statement

David Rohde, the New York Times reporter who escaped seven months of captivity by the Taliban in Pakistan last week, has ties to the area. His parents reside in Kennebunk. They issued the following statement through Edelman Public Affairs.

Statement from the Family of David Rohde:
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.