The Fox Hunt tells one young man’s unforgettable story of his harrowing escape from Yemen's brutal civil war with the help of a daring plan engineered on social media by a small group of interfaith activists in the West.
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Born in the Old City of Sana’a, Yemen, to a pair of middle-class doctors, Mohammed Al Samawi was a devout Muslim raised to think of Christians and Jews as his enemy. But when Mohammed was twenty-three, he secretly received a copy of the Bible, and what he read cast doubt on everything he’d previously believed. After connecting with Jews and Christians on social media, and at various international interfaith conferences, Mohammed became an activist, making it his mission to promote dialogue and cooperation in Yemen.
Then came the death threats: first on Facebook, then through terrifying anonymous phone calls. To protect himself and his family, Mohammed fled to the southern port city of Aden. He had no way of knowing that Aden was about to become the heart of a north-south civil war, and the battleground for a well-funded proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. As gunfire and grenades exploded throughout the city, Mohammed hid in the bathroom of his apartment and desperately appealed to his contacts on Facebook.
Miraculously, a handful of people he barely knew responded. Over thirteen days, four ordinary young people with zero experience in diplomacy or military exfiltration worked across six technology platforms and ten time zones to save this innocent young man trapped between deadly forces— rebel fighters from the north and Al Qaeda operatives from the south.
The story of an improbable escape as riveting as the best page-turning thrillers, The Fox Hunt reminds us that goodness and decency can triumph in the darkest circumstances.
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Table of Contents
Map of Yemen ix
Chapter 1 Weak Ties, Strong Bonds 1
Chapter 2 Contradictions 11
Chapter 3 Reason and Religion 27
Chapter 4 Rinse and Repeat 47
Chapter 5 The Economics of Love 65
Chapter 6 The Book of Luke 85
Chapter 7 The Fox Hunt 113
Chapter 8 Up, Up, and Away 139
Chapter 9 Consequences 161
Chapter 10 If at First You Don't Succeed … 179
Chapter 11 You Say You Want a Revolution 187
Chapter 12 Are You Home? 205
Chapter 13 A Man of My Word 229
Chapter 14 Clear and Present Danger 241
Chapter 15 Call to Prayer 257
Chapter 16 The Justice League 271
Chapter 17 The Ones Who Said Yes 281
Chapter 18 Good News and Bad News 299
Chapter 19 A New Hope 309
Chapter 20 Network of Networks 317
Chapter 21 Luck Be a Lady 331
Chapter 22 The Waiting Game 361
Chapter 23 Fantasia 373
Chapter 24 Go, Go, Go 387
Chapter 25 What Just Happened? 409
Chapter 26 If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of Djibouti 419
Chapter 27 The Promised Land 437