After six days of waiting, his self-described dark days for Paul de Bendern were over: “Amazing. My wife Lynsey Addario, Tyler Hicks, Stephen Farrell, Anthony Shadid left Libya. Yes, my wife is coming home,” De Bendern, also a foreign correspondent based in New Delhi, wrote on Twitter Monday.
For the past week, the New York Times had been working furiously to discover the whereabouts of the four journalists. The Post’s Paul Farihi reports they were last seen by western colleagues on Tuesday fleeing the rebel-held city of Ajdabiya, which was then under shelling by the Libyan military.
At first, de Bendern, who married Addario in 2009, remained somewhat reserved with the news, simply tweeting out news links to stories about the missing journalists, but as the days continued he spoke out passionately, turning the wait into a spoken love letter to his wife.
Thursday he appeared on CNN, saying that though his wife gave him many a sleepless night, he was proud of the work she was doing. When he was able to contact her, he said he would tell her: “You gotta come back here because we gotta have kids.”
At each new development, his Twitter messages became more emphatic and on Monday, he expressed his glee on the social networking site:
Soon I'll be reunited with my love, yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After expressing his happiness, de Bendern tempered his joy with a somber reminder. Thirteen other journalists from Al Jazeera, Getty Images and the AFP remain missing in Libya:
Now we hope other colleagues still detained in Libya will be freed soon