Katie Carroll makes appeal for sister Jill on Alarabiya

Jill’s twin sister Katie appeared on Alarabiya today, appealing for Jill’s release, as she highlighted Jill’s importance to her, her family and really, to all of us who know and love Jill. She reached out and thanked the Iraqi people and everyone that has shown her and her family such wonderful support throughout this terrible crisis. It’s been so quiet and Iraq seems scarier by the day. We all are praying for her safe return. God, please bring our Jill back home, and soon. [Pictures via CSM]

Jill and KatieMy name is Katie Carroll. My twin sister is Jill Carroll, the innocent journalist who was kidnapped in Baghdad 82 days ago. I am speaking to you today because it has been nearly two months since the last video of my sister was broadcast. We have had no contact with her nor received any information about her condition. Since that time, I’ve been living a nightmare, worrying if she is hurt or ill.

There is no one I hold closer to my heart than my sister and I am deeply worried wondering how she is being treated. No family should have to endure having their loved one taken away from them in this way. My family and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Iraqi people for the support and friendship you’ve shown us during this difficult time.

We would especially like to thank Mrs. Siham Faraj, the Iraqi mother who — after her own daughter was released from detention — was thoughtful enough to think of our family. As Mrs. Faraj said, Jill loves Iraq and Iraqis. She continued on to say, and I quote, that "Jill is a very good person. Don’t worry, she’s coming back home. God never forgets good people."

Mrs. Faraj is right about Jill being a friend to the people of Iraq. She has lived in Iraq for almost three years, has many Iraqi friends, and respects their culture. My sister has always had special praise for the strength and resilience of Iraqi women and mothers.

I hope that someone listening to me now has information that could help my sister. There are people willing to listen to you and we would be forever grateful for any new sign that Jill is well. I also hope that those with Jill have come to know her — that they recognize what a wonderful person she is and realize that they can show the world that they are merciful to an innocent woman by returning her safely home to us.

Jill and Katie in younger days


  1. Donna M.Pauly March 29, 2006 at 11:08 pm

    Dear Kidnappers of Jill Carroll, We are having a Carroll family reunion on the 30th of April and I sure hope you have it in your hearts to release Jill so that she can be a part of this wonderful day. Otherwise, it won’t be the same. She has always been a wonderful part of our family and it just won’t be the same without her. Please return her to us in time for this joyous event. We are all praying for you and all the Iraqi people that you may find peace in your country and love in all of your hearts. We are not your enemy and neither is Jill. Please let her go. We will all help you and your people, but you have to let her go to come home to us. Thank you from her second cousin.

  2. Boing Boing March 30, 2006 at 12:07 am

    Jill Carroll: nearly 100 days since abduction in Iraq.

    Jeff Tynes, a friend and former colleague of kidnapped American freelance journalist Jill Carroll, tells Boing Boing: Xeni, you may be aware that Jill Carroll’s twin sister Katie made an appeal today on Al Arabiya, one of the Middle East’s major news n…

  3. Joe Blow March 30, 2006 at 9:23 am

    She was released this morning. She was treated well. What does that mean. Just that she was never really a hostage, she was colluding with the people holding her. A good way to keep the problems goind on over there in the paper. Put a pretty, white girl face on the whole situation. Makes me sick.

  4. Richard W. DeVaul March 30, 2006 at 10:59 am

    Yo, “Joe”
    I suppose the only thing that would satisfy you that Jil’s plight was real would be her beheadded body? Talk about blaming the victim. I don’t think anyone really knows right now just what went on but Jill and her captors. I expect that we will learn more in the coming days and weeks, but unless and until there is credible evidence that this situation wasn’t what it appeared to be, I suggest you keep your unfounded and anonymous accusations to yourself.

  5. John Coate March 30, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    Amen to that.
    This is just amazing news. What a wonderful family reunion that will be!


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