Behind the Lens
Over the next few weeks Addario traveled from Afghanistan to Egypt to Bahrain to Libya, where on March 15—on assignment for the New York Times—she was taken captive at gunpoint by Libyan government forces near the city of Ajdabiya. Apprehended with her were fellow photographer Tyler Hicks, reporter Stephen Farrell, and the Times’s Beirut bureau chief, Anthony Shadid. The journalists, often bound and blindfolded, were shuttled from place to place for three days. No one outside Libya knew their whereabouts. They endured beatings and other abuse from their captors. Finally the group was put on a plane to Tripoli, where diplomatic negotiations for their release got under way. The four were held in a safe house until March 21, when they were transported across the Libyan border to Tunisia—and at last to safety.