Efforts to free Kingswood graduate James Foley continue



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JOURNALIST JAMES FOLEY, Kingswood High School Class of 1992, was captured while reporting on the rebel war in Libya for GlobalPost.com. Go to freefoley.org to join the effort to secure his release from Libya. (Courtesy image) (click for larger version)
April 21, 2011
WOLFEBORO — As the days, hours, minutes and seconds keep adding up, visitors to the www.freefoley.org Web site can feel the tension as the bold white numbers on a digital counter change each second, marking the time since journalist James Foley, Kingswood High School Class of 1992, was captured in Libya while on the job for GlobalPost.com.

Foley's parents, Dr. John and Diane Foley, held a press conference at their Rochester home on Sunday, April 17, followed by a prayer vigil at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary church. With no information forthcoming from the Libyan government, they are working to keep their son's captivity in the public eye.

John Foley read the following statement at the April 17 press conference: "This evening marks the 13th night that our son, James, has been a prisoner of the Libya government. We miss him tremendously and tonight we appeal directly to the Libyan government and to Colonel Gaddafi to release our son and to do so without further delay.

"We also appeal for the immediate release of the other journalists captured with him Clare Gillis of the United States and Manu Brabo of Spain. All of them were in Libya doing their jobs as reporters covering the conflict there. They have done no harm to the Libyan government or its people. We are deeply concerned for the welfare of our son and the other journalists and we want them home with us as soon as possible.

"We love our son very much and we want and need him to be back safely here in New Hampshire. We are so grateful to all of those in this country and around the world who have worked for James' freedom and that of his fellow journalists. We are praying for you, Son, and for your swift return home. Thank you."

On Tuesday, April 19, Diane Foley said that the family is in touch with the State Department, but other than hearing that James is in custody with two other journalists in Tripoli, little progress can be reported. She said that she was told that the International Red Cross is trying to arrange a phone call, which would offer some relief, and efforts continue on freefoley.org to gather signatures for a petition to the Libyan government for his release.

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