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Impossible Odds
Author: Jessica Buchanan

ISBN: 9781476725185
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 310
Published: 1 September 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.4 x 14.2 x 2.5
On October 25, 2011, thirty-two year-old Jessica Buchanan was an attractive American teacher working for a humanitarian NGO in Somalia. But on that day she and an older male colleague were kidnapped at gunpoint and held for ransom by an organization of Somali pirates who had moved their operations from the sea onto the land. For the next three months, Jessica was terrorized by more than two dozen gangsters who carried assault rifles at all times and worked themselves into near delirium by chewing addictive khat leaves. She was held outdoors in filthy conditions and kept on a starvation diet while her health and that of her sixty-year-old Danish counterpart steadily deteriorated. Negotiations for ransom dragged on, and as the ordeal stretched into its third month, the captors grew increasingly nervous.

Finally, after ninety-three days of fruitless negotiations, and with Jessica's rapidly failing health raising her medical state to a life and death issue, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered Navy Seal Team Six to raid the location. On January 25, 2012, while the President delivered his State of the Union speech to a national television audience, the rescue team of twenty-four m...

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