James Foley’s Family Posts Letter He Dictated to Fellow ISIS Captive

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Aug. 25 2014 11:23 AM

James Foley’s Family Posts Letter He Dictated to Fellow ISIS Captive

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James Foley in Libya in 2011.

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The family of James Foley, the American photojournalist murdered by ISIS militants, have posted a letter on Facebook that they say he dictated this summer to a fellow captive:

All letters Jim wrote to his family during his captivity were confiscated by the jailers. So, Jim devised a better approach this last June: he asked a fellow hostage about to be released to commit a letter to memory. Very soon after his release, this hostage called Diane and dictated what follows.
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Diane Foley is James Foley's mother. "I feel you all especially when I pray," wrote Foley to his family. "I pray for you to stay strong and to believe. I really feel I can touch you even in this darkness when I pray."

The last paragraph of Foley's letter is directed to his grandmother. "Grammy, please take your medicine, take walks and keep dancing," he says.

Ben Mathis-Lilley edits the Slatest. Follow @Slatest on Twitter.

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