Local man held hostage in Yemen released

Local man held hostage in Yemen released

Landing in Oman, two American hostages finally free after being held by rebels in Yemen for nearly six months. 

Security consultant Sam Farran shown in the video in the plaid shirt is soon to be on his way home to Michigan where his wife Zeina is waiting for his return at their Dearborn Heights home.

"We are very very relieved and thrilled that it's all over and thank God that we are over this ordeal - we can go on with our life and I can't wait for him to come home," said Zeina. 

It's been a tiring six months and an exhausting day, Zeina said. She asked that we not show her face because another American is still imprisoned in Yemen along with other foreign hostages and she doesn't want to jeopardize their chance of release. "We are very concerned about their safety and we can't discuss anything else at this time. We just want to take care of him and hopefully the others will be home soon too."

Earlier this year, Shiite Houthi rebels seized power in Yemen leading to intense bombing from Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia supports of Yemen's president.

Caught in the middle in March, fellow American Scott Darden who had been overseeing the transport of humanitarian supplies in Yemen reached out to Farran, a former marine seeking safe shelter when the Saudis started bombing.

They went to what was believed to be a secure location, but were then arrested.

But on this day in September, both men are free once again and Farran's wife can't wait. "To see him and take care of him and put this all behind us," she said is more than a dream come true. "The kids are looking forward to seeing him, too - thank God."


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