Meet Bowe Bergdahl, he is the US Soldier who is being held as prisoner of Taliban in Afghanistan for over a year, his life depended on the release of an Afganistan prisoner in the U.S. Videos released gave away his well being, but for how long? Who really is Bowe Bergdahl? Who is his family? Girlfriend or Wife? Keep reading to know the latest news about the life, family, disappearance and new footage of this U.S Soldier Bowe Bergdahl in our story plus check out some of his photos, videos and the latest video that proves he is still alive.
On June 30th, 2009 was the date that Talibans captured Bowe, military ranked Private First Class he was in the company of an Afghan soldier who was killed by a group of 8 Talibans that ambushed them in the Paktika’s Yahya Khel district in Afganistan; his captors knocked him to the ground, stripped him of his clothes and demanded him to wear Talibans clothes (they were afraid he was wired). After the identification of their prisoner was released, negotiations started, they demanded 21 Afghan prisoners in Guantanamo Bay to be released, the release of Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani scientist, and $1 Millions dollars, if the U.S government didn’t do as they demanded, they would proceed to kill Bergdahl, who after his captivity was promoted to Specialist (e-4, in military ranks a specialist is the first insignia given to credited soldiers for their experience and technical knowledge). He was also part of the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, Fort Richardson, Alaska.
For days no one knew for certain what was the condition on Bowe, was he alive or not, but on July 18th, 2009 the Talibans released a 28 minute video of him where he was seen wearing a grey shalwar kameez and a shaven head, looking sad and said he was “scared I won’t be able to go home.” The news about the video went viral all over the world.
Another video was released by the Talibans on Christmas Day, December 25th, 2009, followed by another on April 7th, where Bowe pleaded for his freedom, added that so many lives were lost for a war that was not even worthy, he expressed the tremendous love he had for his family, friends and even for his motorcycle.
“This war isn’t worth the waste of human life that has cost both Afghanistan and the U.S. It’s not worth the amount of lives that have been wasted in prisons, Guantanamo Bay, Bagram, all those places where we are keeping prisoners. The pain in my heart to see my family again doesn’t get any smaller. Release me. Please, I’m begging you, bring me home. I’m a prisoner. I want to go home.”
In August a video of Bowe was released he was looking very different, he let his beard grow, and according to statements released by Haji Nadeem (Taliban deputy district commander in Paktika), he claimed Bowe had turned into Islam he went to the Muslim name of Abdullah then, he has been allegedly teaching them about bombs.
“When I saw him for the second time, he had totally changed. He had a beard and he treated all of us very respectfully. He seemed very relaxed in our company. He was no longer scared, he taught them how to dismantle a mobile phone and turn it into a remote control for a roadside bomb. Most of the skills he taught us we already knew,’ he said. Some of my comrades think he’s pretending to be a Muslim to save himself so they wouldn’t behead him.”
The last video released of Bowe on December 8th, 2010 he was looking very thin and it was visible that he was beaten on the side of his face, he was standing next to the man rumored to be the one who kidnapped and threatened to kill him, the Taliban Commander Mullah Sangreen Zadran.
Bowe R. Berhdahl was born in Sun Valley, Idaho on March 28, 1986 making this his age of 24 years old. His parents are Jani Marie and Bob Bergdahl and sister Sky Julia Bergdahl. Bowe used to be a barista and a ballet dancer before he got into the Army. About his romantic life we know that he has a girlfriend back home that he intended to wed and who is now living with his parents in Idaho. He loves sailing, motorcycle, his family.
We pray for his safe return home with his family and friends. Would you like to share your comments about him and this story? Would you like to send him and/ or his family a message? Check out the photos and videos below.