Kidnapped: Five Lessons on How to Handle a Loved One’s Abduction


On a quiet Sunday night, I was getting ready to go to bed when I got the call that my dad had been abducted. That was the beginning of a torturous week of waiting and desperate pleas to authorities to facilitate his release. Everything else stood still. Nothing was more important than negotiating for his safe release.

I learned a few things from the frenzy of activities that ensued. Things I didn’t think about until I actually experienced the horror of being the family member to a kidnap victim. It’s not something that anybody wishes for but since it happened to us, there are several lessons that I want to share here.

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