Pierre Borghi’s first request as a free man: a cup of coffee.
Pierre Borghi, a freelance photographer from France, has escaped after 4 months of captivity in Afghanistan. According to Reuters, the 29-year-old was taken by armed men on November, 28, and held in several different locations over the 4 month period. Most recently, he had been chained in a “crudely dug hole covered by a trap door,” but was able to break out and make it to a government security checkpoint Monday morning.
An Interior Ministry spokesman, Sediq Sediqqi said Borghi was brought to their headquarters in Kabul, and “left in the company of French embassy officials less than an hour later. He was in good health and one of the first things he asked for after arriving was a cup of coffee.” Sediqqi said they believe Borghi was abducted by organized criminals and later sold to insurgents. The men had worn turbans wrapped around their faces, and had “filmed Borghi several times and told him they were, variously, Taliban, Haqqani, and al Qaeda.”