Saturday, February 07, 2009

Colin Freeman

Colin Freeman, the journalist who first broke the story of Kirk von Ackermann's disappearance, spent 40 days as a hostage in Somalia. I feel absolutely horrible that I was oblivious to his plight until tonight. You can read about his time - spent mostly in caves - below. The last one, My 40 Days in a Cave Held By Somali Gunmen, is an in-depth piece, full of that lovely biting wit of his.

Colin Freeman celebrates freedom
By Olga Craig, January 6, 2009

Colin Freeman: The moment my Somali kidnap hell began
By Colin Freeman, January 6, 2009

My 40 Days in a Cave Held By Somali Gunmen
By Colin Freeman, January 10, 2009, UK Telegraph

The links below are specific to Freeman's writings that are of interest to the Missing Man. His book about his time in Iraq is a great read, The Curse of the al-Dulaimi Hotel. He covers the disappearance of Kirk von Ackermann and Ryan Manelick's murder in the book, including the only first hand account of the isolated road where von Ackermann's vehicle was discovered abandoned.

Curse of the al Dulaimi Hotel - Pt II (image)
August 16, 2008

Suspicion surrounds missing Bay Area man
by Colin Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle, February 13, 2005

Bay Area civilian vanishes in Iraq
by Colin Freeman, San Francisco Chronicle, November 11, 2003

Mystery surrounds US businessman missing in Iraq's 'Sunni triangle'
by Colin Freeman, Telegraph, November 9, 2003

Take it easy and waterski through Baghdad
by Colin Freeman, The Scotsman, October 26, 2003

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