Sunday, January 19, 2014

"60 Minutes" on January 19, 2014

A special edition of "60 Minutes" does "Tales of Survival."

The Rescue of Jessica Buchanan by Seal Team 6.

The Lost Boys of Sudan. One of the most successful re-settlements in US history.

The story on a secret mission by Seal Team 6 to rescue Jessica Buchanan is done by Scott Pelley. Jessica was 32 years old at the time. She was in Somalia, working with a Danish charity, teaching children how to avoid land mines. Paul Pfisted was also taken. The bandits asked for $45 million. All phone numbers were disconnected on her cell phone, except a number to a hostage negotiator in Nairobi. She ate tuna fish and bread. The bandits were chewing "kaat."
Nicknames for bandits: "Crack Baby." "Helper" After three months in desert, Jessica had urinary tract infection. A phone call was made. Issue: may be just two weeks to live. January 25: new moon. Eruption of gun fire. Jessica hears her name spoken with an American accent. "Jessica; we're with the American military."

Book "Impossible Odds" published by Shuster.

The story on "The Lost Boys" is a reprise from 21 July 2013:

Bob Simon first met the Lost Boys in a Kenyan refugee camp in 2001 after they had fled civil war in the Sudan. Some of the young men were relocated to the U.S. -- how are they doing now?


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