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OK so imagine dedicating your life to helping people thousands of miles from home only be suddenly taken hostage.
By those very same people -- that is the horrifying situation that.
One and young American woman found herself and when she came face to face with Somali pirates.
Jessica Buchanan move to war torn Somalia -- -- husband to work with a Danish nonprofit group -- the region was extremely dangerous years.
Fighting between various warlords and Islamist groups in common criminals -- had left the area covered in unexploded landmines and mighty deeds.
Jessica's work focused on trying to protect the local children from those dangers.
On October 25 -- eleven she was traveling by car with a Danish colleague when they were overtaken by heavily armed Somali pirates.
Suddenly she found herself -- hostage -- during months of starvation and terror as -- attackers demanded millions in ransom payments.
I'm real not imaginary little very little.
Back home friends and family could only pray as Jessica's health declined.
Our church that formal former people from the school our Bible study here.
We've just been praying for her a lot.
Then came January 25 2012 the night of the president's State of the Union Address.
-- -- -- a message for secretary of defense Leon Panetta.
Hours earlier a team of Navy SEALs from seal team six had boarded a C 130 aircraft in total darkness.
They parachuted into the Somali night in -- only made their way to Jessica on foot.
Instantly the night erupted into gunfire as the kidnappers and -- Eight shots when the fierce firefight was over all -- Somali pirates were dead and just secure and our colleagues were safe.
They were rushed the Blackhawk helicopters and -- a way to freedom.
Back to Washington Obama finished his State of the Union Address and called Jessica's father he told -- your daughter Jessica has been rescued by our seal team.
And she's on her way home.
And Jessica and her husband -- have now moved back to the United States -- written a book call about the -- called impossible Odyssey kidnapping of Jessica be cannon.
And her dramatic rescue by seal team six and they joining me now how.
Well welcome home into the very nice to make sure it's a great daughter Erica nice to meet you -- -- This -- very compelling personal -- give it to you you went there for the noble store reasons you wanted to.
Lot of land mines in the area and tell us what you -- your goal was you wanted to teach kids how to avoid them.
I mean in areas such as Somalia and better -- -- their last trip on these explosives kids don't know what they irons in the end up and blowing off their arms and their legs are -- means.
After the rest of their lives just because they're uneducated and so.
The goal in my organization when I was trying to do is educate these kids so that they didn't.
I have to be handicap for the rest of their life.
You knew the risks going and you knew the area that you're going to was extremely dangerous.
Yes I didn't I didn't and other risks that I Oscar winning in under the cover of protection -- my organization -- expected them to take care and are let's talk about the abduction.
It was the most horrifying experience and -- you -- As you can imagine I mean it just started -- the series of events that that and just didn't seem like they're ever going to and it was just we -- in the car and we were in our -- and then all of a sudden.
Another TV pulls up splash is not all of the windshield seriously in the 1840 sevens into the windshield into the windows screening in Somalia next thing I know there's some man that I don't know with an eighteenth winning.
Putting into my head other guys are getting into the car and we just ran off -- -- tracks like.
Lleyton I think I never experienced before explained that because this went on for a long period of time what was the general treatment of -- I was treated like any animal I I was nothing more than -- dollar signs and then they hit us.
And eighteen after arrests they screen -- as they shouted that's the -- they're going Seles out of five they're going -- our heads -- I mean it just.
It got worse and worse and worse this time and right.
Now and while this is happening to you you get a call.
And a request for how much money.
Well I didn't get it personally about initially we got.
Request that I found out they trump for four -- five million dollars Ford just senator Coleman to what was going on in urine volume wife was being held well I mean how a lot of different today agencies for of course some old that I probably will never get to know.
More or less from the -- that that I got to know about it a few minutes off towards -- got a phone call from FBI and they.
They were monitoring it from more -- -- second that it happened.
-- coming up next the amazing story of Jessica's rescue by seal team six when we come back stay right there.
I welcome back to Hannity now Jessica Buchanan was held hostage in Somalia -- more than three months now she was mistreated she was Mal nourished.
And her health was deteriorating so fast that she didn't know if she would survive them one night.
In an instant everything changed.
Walk us through the night of -- rescue.
I can hear all -- scratchy and I thought -- these Mary learns Beatles that'll come on at night and I thought they were on mine makes leaving her and couldn't find them and I'm looking and seeing up.
And all of a sudden.
One of the guys from being next to me I hear him get up and I -- -- -- from my my blanket and I just see this look of sheer terror on his face and in the entire night just erupt into gunfire.
-- Ollie can think is that I know I need to get down as low as I possibly can into the ground because I'm still frame that I'm going to be shot in the head or that mean even -- the pirates is going to shoot me for being -- in there you know I I had no idea what's going on.
Never did it cross my mind that it could be someone coming to their rescue.
Until I feel hands on me rough you know -- shaking me.
And and I'm I'm -- fight back and he has I think you know if if I mean we kidnapped by another group for this -- Bob but I am not going Anaheim energy to survive this section do this anymore.
And then I hear someone -- -- and -- -- Jessica.
But it's an American accent it's a young man's voice and he has an American accent.
And I don't even know how to comprehend what I'm using any says where.
The American military and we're here.
To an -- you take you -- we're gonna take you home.
-- They had to identify and protect you in this fire firemen it was a risky operations unless it was on but these guys are great at what they still means and they got everyone a moment.
And then they obviously we're taking you Loudon and there was a rendezvous with some helicopters right.
Absolutely they scooped me up and ran with me across the desert to CDN.
At one point they didn't even think and they and they weren't -- the -- this is completely safe until.
They format a ring around me and then they actually have me lying down and form a human shield on top of me to protect me.
Have you met these guys since this happened even see their faces digit home you know will there are I don't know who you know that -- to seal team six cents a -- -- -- they made them.
Yes they saved my life thinking second chance -- my -- and did you know any of this is gonna happen to have the potential happening.
I had a feeling that something could happen because softer the the most fruitful life called it just made.
AM I had a discussion lived the crisis management team and the FBI end.
I told them that but we have some timely we fear that justice come and I we have console to -- -- -- their doctor and -- -- them.
And I I had a feeling that something would happen -- the FBI guys they left after that meeting and I could feel -- something else in there about of course Kim couldn't know anything.
Here to talk to the president now.
No but you'd like to meet these guys I would like to just say thank you I was -- and nothing where.
Do you regret going there now knowing that country better dealer group who would you do it again.
I would -- some things different plane back I really do you believe in and what I ideal back there.
I don't think at this point -- go back to Somalia by -- and -- -- a good -- probably not but we're still humanitarian aid workers -- and where we're hoping that we can continue on in -- -- humanitarian efforts and -- and me.
And would like to.
I'm eighteen and -- -- about the causes that we're -- great out.
Find a safer place -- it.
It is a great story and they don't want also she huge tribute to our military and we have the best thing graded -- for a what -- what a great story and they were so personal a lot of inner strength by you and both of you and it's the book is fascinating it really is has the story is fascinating and it's an honor to -- you thank you so much for being -- -- -- having membership.
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