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Libyan Hostage James Foley: Marquette Prayers Saved Me

This dude is the real deal

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   I just finished an interview with Marquette alum and former Libyan hostage James Foley.  Foley is a journalist and was working in Libya when he was abducted in April.  He says that one of the journalists he was working with was killed in front of him.  Foley was beaten with the butt of an AK-47 and at one point thought that he would be killed. Eventually Foley was taken to a series of Libyan prisons.  He was fed and watered and given shelter, but understandably was terrified that things could take a turn for the worst and he would be killed.

   During my interview with Foley, he said he is convinced that one of the reasons he was eventually released was because of all the prayers that came his direction from Marquette and Milwaukee. "I could feel the prayers and well wished coming my way," Foley told me. Once again Wisconsin came through in the clutch.

   You can hear the entire Foley interview on our website,

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