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All right now -- story of survival and heroism Jessica Buchanan was working as a humanitarian aid worker in Somalia and the fall of 2011 her mission there.
Was teaching children how to avoid landmines.
But that all changed Monday when Jessica and a co worker.
Were kidnapped and held captive for nine.
As though she was trying to help.
After three months in captivity.
Jessica was rescued by a team -- special operators she recently documented her life changing experience.
-- a book called impossible odds.
I think -- mean -- reason for writing this book was to be able to saying very publicly.
How grateful we are for all of the support and for everything everybody -- To take his back to the day.
That the kidnapping.
Happened I read that you had just the -- -- for.
You're reading a text your has been.
To say in case they get kidnapped -- you come rescue me did you have any sort of feeling that something bad was gonna happen.
You know I I was I think I was afraid to be there and in general you know kidnapping was not something that I had actually thought would be a reality.
I was whereas.
Wary about getting cotton sensor -- cross fire you know some being something like batter an automobile accident or something and you know it's just.
The worst kind of hired me to write a message like that take Eric and then that to actually haven't come into first and I mean it's just it's -- it's insane and and I think subconsciously.
My aim mine trying some new -- you know I needed to gear up and get ready for a while it's coming and you know that was literally the first thing I sighed as the induction is taking place I cannot believe that I just sent that text message to Eric -- woman's intuition is a powerful thing.
No matter really -- in the world is in half so you worry you -- carjacked virtually.
This group came to you.
And and yet take your -- tell us that tell us about that moment.
Well that's what I thought was happening that's what I -- is happening that we were just being carjacked in generally and you know what would happen if you're being carjacked they would.
Bombard the car.
Didn't injure my me -- you know your cell phones everything and jewelry everything and then kind of drive and a couple miles outside of town and let you outs and then you -- walk back to town but.
As we kept dragging kilometer after kilometer I -- -- Okay this isn't a carjacking -- something more is is is going on here this is much more serious and maybe an hour into the actual induction -- me I looked at my colleague I was able to whisper to him what what's happening in.
And then he's looked me straight in the -- he -- where we're being kidnapped.
And I and -- high just.
-- I remember just starting to -- a -- silently cry because.
I had no idea who who these guys were I didn't know if they -- extremists linked how kinda.
I didn't know if you know they were just -- money did they -- -- last I had no idea how this thing was gonna play out but that very competitive sides.
In my mind but -- My life has changed forever.
From this moment no matter how this thing plays out I will never go back to the same life that I had when -- it said and that.
That help wasn't coming at least it immediately.
I think once we got to lay -- the first two weeks.
And you know I I think we held on to hope that this is going to be a speedy process.
And yet but we -- we kept thinking and saying to ourselves into each other you know -- Ngo workers -- humanitarian aid workers we've been in these communities.
We have relationships built with these people.
You know and we're not just tour is still her.
You know freelancers.
-- without support without assistance and place it to take care of situations like this and and the more.
Time that passed.
And I think the more I hope I lost that this was going to be speedy process and and I decided in order to get through this since I had no idea really how long this ordeal is going -- take.
And I had to kind of segment things in in three month increments so I got through the first three months and then I.
Decided OK I needed through three I can make it through three more.
And so let me get through the next three months and then all.
You know decide whether or not I can make it -- another three months.
And so -- to me I just had to compartmentalize everything how were you treated during that time -- -- you've talked a lot about sexual assault.
And feeling -- that that did not happen to you.
As in so many stories that we had seen.
But how were -- treated.
-- and I definitely was not treated well and there was a lot of and just terrorizing.
And -- psychologically.
Threatening the solid south -- -- that they extremist group.
Threatening cut off for heads.
Getting us down honoring me is.
And and I side it's actually the first night when we were abducted that I was going to be executed.
And you know just a lot of aggression in a lot of force a lot of physical contact in terms of being shoved in in in and stuff like -- you know I'm a woman.
And -- surrounded by anywhere from.
Denying TU 26 men at all -- so.
And you know even did that asked that prospective.
And going -- to use the bathroom in the bush.
That was a very threatening situation for me if I didn't know.
What would happen and a coming up next -- happening now -- gonna tell us more about this dramatic story about how she was rescued and also share her thoughts on how her experience has impacted her life and how she feels about her country.
-- -- the second part of our conversation with Jessica -- -- an American aid worker kidnapped in Somalia and held in the wilderness for more than ninety days.
Jessica remembers the sheer terror -- her captivity.
Up until the very night she was rescued.
They're carrying around -- AK 47 machine guns there -- -- means in the cars there -- and explosives -- in the back of the cars so it wasn't even.
Jacks that I was worried about what they are going to teach me and I was worried about an explosion taking place because they -- like maniacs and -- me they -- gonna accidentally pull the trigger on me came in and then.
You know my head would be blown off I mean it was just constant care all the time so bring us now into the night.
That you were rescued.
-- -- -- It was just tonight lake every other and I -- -- -- the only difference is that it was a very very dark fattening and I remember I woke up.
And then you know in the early hours of the morning it thinking wow you know if I had the strength that was very ill at the time if I had the strength this would be a great -- to -- to.
There's no moon there are no stars and and strangely enough olive says that the pirates that were there that night -- Rollins -- And no homeless keep being -- -- and so.
I heard -- scratching noises in the grass and I thought that they were area and these large Beatles and so I was looking for them and I couldn't find and then.
And finally I just decide to go back to sleep and then I hear and one of the guards.
Assists to me he -- and I I pulled a blink really for me face and I see him and he's standing with this AT and he's ready.
Singing just has this look of terror in his face and he's trying to get the other guys up and then the whole night just erupt into gunfire.
And I all I can think is I need to get as -- to the ground as possible because I'm afraid I'm gonna get -- -- And I don't know who it is that's came after us by.
I'm positive that it's not good day and night it must be another group coming kidnapped bats away from the other group that was always a constant threat and I just I think mentally.
I just gave up at that point because I was so I was so tired.
So tired trying to be strong so when did did -- -- you.
Something to indicate -- were on the same team we're hearing -- -- -- not not until.
Not until the gunfire had ceased and then there where all of these hands on me I have -- face covered I was.
You know burrow down into the ground and I I was starting to fight because I thought that it was another group of -- is coming to take me and then.
They -- Jessica and I think that.
And at first it was strange that somebody -- my -- in second -- in the it was an American accent it was and is Somalia accent and they had -- with the American military.
We're here and we're here to -- you -- here to take you home.
I was just seeing it.
The most complete shock and I I couldn't I couldn't understand how they got there and and what they were doing -- -- just.
It was completely beyond my comprehension and man.
I couldn't find an excuse to -- to safety so one of -- pick me up and carrying me.
Just -- with me across these fields to -- point at safety and it.
At one point they weren't sure the premises were completely secure city four under -- Are around me and then had me lie down in three and then.
Just formed a human shield on top of me.
And and and you know kept me safe until the helicopters -- Our hearts are racing -- -- tell a story.
It's is an amazing story to hear from -- if you can tell how and -- well how could it not be on one's life I'm just curious about how this has changed.
How you feel about your country.
Well I you know I just feel like I'm.
I belong to the greatest country -- -- -- I mean what's.
What police had is that the capacity and has that.
Resurfaces to do something link that -- I I just feel so very fortunate.
I'm still very lucky and that it's.
That they knew I was out there and that they cared and I mean.
Seriously what country cares about one any citizen not much to send in CF 1560 -- -- -- -- to rescue them I and then you know what it once we got onto the plane to take us to.
And military base one of them comes over to me and with an American flag.
And he just looks -- streaming -- says welcome home.
Had never felt prouder where is that -- American.
And it's -- home with me.
On display in safe heat being and it's a -- reminder of just how very fortunate I am -- to be alive to be here.
With my hand me and into you actually have come back and to live in the US now.
Her family and -- includes now.
I young son not not -- year old that's going on all of these book trips with mom as she's talking about her book composite slides machines.
Is a book is dedicated to telling this story.
About her incredible timing captivity but -- that incredible rescue as well.
Two great size that's -- she's an American trying to do good work in Somalia gets kidnapped and then the Navy SEALs come in -- I mean.
If you remember that was the night and save the union the president went to Leon Panetta said good job tonight you might remember that and there are some controversy about and about.
The rescue and in politics involved but hearing from Jessica -- -- -- you know one person one small universe.
That's getting impacted and were glad that she's safe and her co worker as well what's rescued.
And he's -- so safe so.
Good ending to a story not often we get those good endings and such circumstances great great story.
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