Introduction · 82 days in captivity
Jill Carroll, a freelance reporter for The Christian Science Monitor,
was kidnapped by Sunni Muslim insurgents in Baghdad on Jan. 7, 2006.
Over the next 82 days, she had closer contact with Sunni insurgents than
any American who has lived to tell the tale.
She cooked with the women. She played with the children. She was locked
away in rooms to the sound of cocking guns.
Deprived of control over the smallest aspect of existence, she feared for
her life every day.
Her chief captor required his journalist hostage to "interview" him for
hours at a time. He would expound on the insurgent worldview and the ruling
council set up by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
In her last hours of captivity this man told her: "Forget about the
council. You can't talk about the women or the children. You have to say
you were in one room the whole time. Everything is forbidden. You must
forget it all."
She couldn't. This is her