977 Days in Hell. Michael Scott Moore Reveals His Last Two and a Half Years – Held Captive by Somali Pirates.
“I spent my entire captivity, more than two and a half years, in a fuzzy state of near-blindness.” Photo: Cynthia E. Wood.
In early 2012, Berlin-based American journalist and novelist Michael Scott Moore flew into Somalia to investigate “how Somalis lived and what pirates thought” for a book he was–and still is–preparing to author. Little did he know, it would put his life on hold for nearly three years.
Moore was only a few days away from completing his research when, against his instinct, he decided to see his colleague, Ashwin Raman, an Indian-born filmmaker, off to the airport.
An armed car full of men with machine guns stopped his car on the way back to the hotel. He’d been discovered at the airport. Pirate intellect, an evidently intricate web of communications, had matched him to an author photo in a New York Times article he’d penned in the years previous, and fancied him as being a worthwhile hostage. They pulled him out of the car, snapped his wrist, cracked open his skull, broke his glasses and threw him into another car.