Parents of captured Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl recently had some good news. The family says they received a handwritten letter from Bergdahl who's been held as a prisoner of war by the Taliban for almost four years. The letter's confirmation came about two months after their son turned 27.
The International Committee of the Red Cross [ICRC] helped to get the letter to the family in Hailey, Idaho.
According to Colonel Tim Marsano, who speaks for the family, this is the first time Bowe’s parents have heard from their son in about two years. He says they’re confident the letter is from Bowe – they confirmed it from the handwriting.
Marsano is impressed with how the family is holding up.
“I don’t know how they do it," he says. "They’re very very strong people, they lean one another for support. And they also get a lot of support from other members of their family, friend, and the community. I think what they’re getting is really what they need in this letter right now; a little bit more of a glimmer of hope.”
Marsano has not seen the letter himself, and is unable to give details about its content. It’s still unclear where Bowe is being held, and what condition he’s in.
Here is the statement from the Bergdahl family:
“Through the International Committee of the Red Cross, we recently received a letter we’re confident was written to us by our son Bowe.
"Our family is greatly relieved and encouraged by this letter, which gives us hope that Bowe is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances.
We thank the ICRC for all their assistance and support over these past four years. We want to also thank the many individuals, private groups and agencies who are working to support us and bring Bowe home.
We hope Bowe’s captors will again consider his parents’ plea to release him, but in the meantime, we ask that you please continue to keep him in good health and allow him to keep corresponding with us.”
Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in 2009. He is the only known POW from the war in Afghanistan.
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