Jill Carroll is telling her harrowing story in installments on the Christian Science Monitor's website. In the first installment, she recounts her abduction, the disappearance of her driver, and killing of her friend and interpreter Alan Enwiya. She describes her first days in captivity:
That's when we'd watched Oprah. Afterward, Abu Rasha asked me what I liked to eat for breakfast, and what time I had it. It was part of this pattern - they all seemed concerned that I think they were good, or at least that they were treating me well.Update: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are now up.
It sounds hospitable. But in my mind every second was a test - the choice of food, TV program, everything - and they would kill me if I gave the wrong answer.
At night I'd fall asleep and be free in my dreams. Then I'd wake up and my situation would land on me like a weight. Every morning, it was as if I was kidnapped anew.