A prisoner of war being held in Afghanistan has reportedly been seen for the first time since another video of him was released almost three years ago. CNN reports that while it has not seen the "proof of life" video of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, a military official told the media outlet that a new video clip, believed to have been made in late December, has been viewed by the Pentagon. It reportedly shows Bergdahl alive but in diminished health. Bergdahl is described as the only American soldier still in captivity, and he has been held since 2009.
Bergdahl's family released this statement, according to CNN:
As we have done so many times over the past 4 and a half years, we request his captors to release him safely so that our only son can be reunited with his mother and father. BOWE -- If [you] see this, continue to remain strong through patience. Your endurance will carry you to the finish line. Breathe!
I can't imagine what it is like having your only son held captive for five years. Bergdahl was only 23 when he was snatched by Taliban forces. All efforts to free him have so far failed.
Bergdahl's parents must wonder if they will ever see him again in their lifetimes -- however, this video should give them hope. At least he is alive. Hopefully, his health is not too terrible.
The White House previously said it would exchange five Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl, but apparently that never worked out.
These parents and the rest of Bergdahl's family and his friends must be in a state of utter horror, wondering what is happening to him. Reportedly there has been a "marked change" in his appearance, which must be heartbreaking for his family. This video, however, is still very good news. Hopefully, he will be allowed to get back to his family and his country soon. Let's not forget him!
Do you have any words for Bergdahl or his family?
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