James Foley

Photo James Foley which was taken in Aleppo, Syria, in July, 2012

John Foley, Diane Foley

Photo of Diane & John Foley, parents of  James Foley who are appealing for his safe release after not hearing word from him in over six weeks after the reporter was allegedly abducted by unknown gunmen in Northern Syria

James Foley also known as “Jim” to family and friends, is a 39-year-old Boston Native and foreign freelancer who was kidnapped in northern Syria on Thanksgiving Day.

According to reports, parents John & Diane Foley from Rochester, NH, say their son was in northern Syria covering the civil war for Agence France Presse when he was kidnapped on November 22nd by unidentified Syria gunmen near the village of Taftanaz, in the northern province of Idlib.

“We just don’t know anything,” Diane Foley said. “We don’t know who has him.”

Initially, the Foley’s had chosen against reporting the incident and appealing for help, hoping it would help with their son’s release. But over one month later, after not hearing word, the concerned family have decided to come out with his abduction, and appeal to his kidnappers for his safe return.

They have also created a website, http://www.freejamesfoley.org, and have asked the public for help by signing their petition.

The website comes less than one year after the Foley’s launched a very similar appeal when James was kidnapped by pro-Gaddafi (Government) Forces. He was held captive in Libya for six weeks before being released.

‘We want Jim to come safely home, or at least we need to speak with him to know he’s okay,’ said John Foley, the father of James Foley.

‘Jim is an objective journalist and we appeal for the release of Jim unharmed. To the people who have Jim, please contact us so we can work together toward his release.’

According to Huffingtonpost, twenty-eight journalists were killed in Syria in 2012, including South African photographer Anton Hammerl, who was shot during their capture and left to die in the desert.  The deaths in Syria alone has prompted the Committee to Protect Journalists to name Syria the most dangerous country in the world to work in last year