A story so incredible it will immediately be ruined by Hollywood

23 Jun

The news of two journalists, including American Pulitzer Prizewinner David Rohde, escaping from a Taliban prison after months of captivity is just spectacular. It’s like The Count of Monte Cristo meets Midnight Express, except true and current and without all that biting other people’s tongues off business.

An excerpt:

On Friday evening, in a planned bid to keep their captors awake as late as possible to ensure that the men would eventually sleep soundly, Mr. Ludin challenged the militants who slept beside them in the same room to a local board game.

When at last the games ended at midnight, the journalists waited for the militants to fall asleep.

At 1 a.m., Mr. Rohde woke Mr. Ludin and sneaked out of the room. Mr. Ludin recited several verses of the Koran and followed him. They made their way to the second floor, and Mr. Ludin got to the top of a five-foot-high wall.

When Mr. Ludin looked down, he said, he was greeted by an unnerving view: a 20-foot drop.

Mr. Rohde handed Mr. Ludin a rope that he had found two weeks earlier and had hidden from the guards. They fastened the rope to the wall, and Mr. Ludin lowered himself along the rope before unclenching his fists for good.

A perfect, perfect story of a bravery I can’t begin to fathom, and I am counting down the minutes until Nicolas Cage and Ben Kingsley star in the terrible Michael Bay film about it.

I’m going to link to the story again just to urge you to read it.

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