Life After Captivity: What's Next for Bowe Bergdahl

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

taliban, bowe_bergdahl, idaho A sign announcing the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sits in the window of the Hailey Paint and Supply store on Main Street June 1, 2014 in Hailey, Idaho. (Scott Olson/Getty)

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the 28-year-old U.S. Army solider held as a prisoner of war by the Taliban for the last five years, is in a U.S. military hospital in Germany, where he's said to be in "stable condition."

The Landstuhl Regional Medical Center released a statement indicating that Bergdahl is being treated for "dietary and nutrition needs," but after five years in captivity, readjusting to life in the U.S. may require psychological treatment, too. Assimilating into civilian life might be especially difficult for Bergdahl, who is facing deep backlash from soldiers who call him a deserter.

Stephen Farrell, a reporter for our partner The New York Times, knows firsthand what being held hostage by the Taliban can be like. He and his interpreter were kidnapped while visiting the site of a NATO air-strike in northern Afghanistan in 2009. Farrell explains what it was like to be held by the Taliban, and what Bergdahl's readjustment might entail.


Stephen Farrell

Produced by:

Mythili Rao


T.J. Raphael

Comments [2]


Please stop talking about "carbon emissions". It is carbon dioxide. Carbon is coal, soot, graphite, diamonds. Carbon dioxide is a colorless and odorless gas which is essential for all life.

Please do not contribute to scientific illiteracy among the general public.

- A concerned scientist

Jun. 03 2014 03:35 PM
oscar from ny

It's disturbing to hear many Americans talk about human life like nothing..

Executive Mansion,
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln

Jun. 03 2014 03:21 PM

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