Family asks for information more than 100 days after Foley’s kidnapping

Cat Zakrzewski, Assistant In Focus Editor

The family of James Foley (Medill ’08) released another public appeal for information about his whereabouts Monday, more than 100 days after he initially was taken in Syria.

Foley, a freelance conflict zone reporter, was captured Nov. 22 near the country’s Turkish border. His family has not heard from him or his captors since he was kidnapped, despite attempts to gain information about his whereabouts using social networks in the region.

“We have not heard from Jim for more than 100 days,” said John Foley, father of James Foley, in a Wednesday press release. “We want Jim to come safely home, and we need to speak with him to know he’s okay.”

This is the second time the veteran reporter has been captured. In spring of 2011, Foley spent more than 42 days in captivity in Libya. He was eventually released on May 19 of that year. But unlike last time, when his family knew Foley had been captured by forces loyal to Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gadhafi, the identities of his November captors remain unknown.

“Jim is an objective journalist and we appeal for the release of Jim unharmed,” said John Foley. “Someone in Syria knows what happened to Jim and we hope they will contact us.”

Northwestern ASG passed an emergency resolution to assist in the search for Foley in February. Speaker Ani Ajith, a former Daily staffer, authored the resolution. Today, ASG linked to the press release from Foley’s family on their Facebook page.

“He’s a Wildcat, and he’s not home,” the Weinberg junior said at the February Senate meeting where the resolution was passed.

— Cat Zakrzewski