Providing Hope in Detention: Interview with Michael Durant

In the fall of 1993, Michael Durant was held captive for eleven days after his Black Hawk helicopter was shot down during the infamous "Battle of Mogadishu." In the interview below, he, along with Suzanne Hofstetter and Jane Dustman, are interviewed about his experience and the role of the Red Cross in facilitating his release and providing a way for him to communicate with his family while in detention.

The interview highlights the import role the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provides in ensuring detainees are treated humanely and facilitating communication between loved ones.

This year, the ICRC and the American Red Cross teamed up with the world’s largest oral history initiative, StoryCorps, to collect conversations between people whose lives have been touched by the Red Cross. In one of the interviews, they followed up with Michael Durant who speaks with fellow veteran and ex-ICRC employee, Gary Brown. Mike recounts the harrowing moments and days he lived through in Somalia. He also talks about Suzanne Hofstetter, the ICRC delegate, who risked her life to visit him in captivity. 

For more information on the role of the ICRC in visiting detainees, please click here.