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Dansville family travels to DC urging leaders to rescue man detained in Afghanistan

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC)- Anna Corbett says the trauma and worry is wearing her down. It’s been nearly a year and a half since her husband Ryan Corbett was taken captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan. But she tells News 8 she has the hope and the will to fight.

Corbett and her three teenaged children will travel from Dansville to Washington D.C. for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address Thursday evening. They are the guests of Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney who represents New York’s 24th District.

Theresa Marsenburg spoke to Corbett and Tenney on Monday about this latest effort to advocate for Ryan’s release.

“I want people to pray that Ryan will have courage for each day, that our Administration will act and bring him home, and that he will be alive and come back to his family and see his kids again,” Corbett says there’s so much to pray for.

Congresswoman Tenney calls her an inspiration. “At the State of the Union we’re hoping that will bring international notoriety to this case and put more pressure on the Taliban in Afghanistan to release Ryan,” the Congresswoman explains.

Anna says when Ryan left Dansville in August of 2022 it was his second trip back to Afghanistan since the family initially fled in 2021 when the Taliban took control.

“We lived in Afghanistan for almost 12 years. We really cared for the people. He had a great business going that was helping a lot of local families survive” said Corbett.

“There are a number of humanitarian organizations like the one Ryan was running in Afghanistan,” explains Tenney. “It’s just unfortunate that Ryan for some reason was detained and it’s really an injustice. He’s never been charged with anything legitimate, never had any kind of trial. They’re just holding him.”

In addition to counting the nearly 600 days he’s been gone, Anna counts the calls. Four totaling 42 minutes she says. She explains he’s being held in a basement cell without regular access to a bathroom, sunlight, or medical care.

“As far as I know he hasn’t been seen by a doctor when I spoke to him he was alive but I’m still very concerned for his health.” Asked if she has any idea when the calls will come in Anna explains, ” It’s not what you would imagine. It’s very stressful. When people hear about it they’re like ‘Wow it’s amazing you get to hear his voice.’ On one hand, it’s good to hear his voice but I miss him so much” she describes the fourth call, “the last one was 5:50 in the morning. It was the first thing I woke up to and I ran to the kids. So I don’t always know. It’s a constant uncertainty and it’s just exhausting.” she adds.

This is Corbett’s ninth trip to D.C. She says she’s grateful for all the support she’s received from New York’s congressional delegation, the U.S. Department of State, and White House officials. Her husband missed their 20th anniversary, and their children’s birthdays, and their oldest is graduating high school this year.

“I feel so sad that Ryan is missing out on all of that. Each of those days is pure agony for us” she laments. But with resolve, Anna says she hasn’t lost hope that Ryan will be reunited with his family in Dansville.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC)- Anna Corbett says the trauma and worry is wearing her down. It’s been nearly a year and a half since her husband Ryan Corbett was taken captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan. But she tells News 8 she has the hope and the will to fight.

Corbett and her three teenaged children will travel from Dansville to Washington D.C. for President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address Thursday evening. They are the guests of Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney who represents New York’s 24th District.

Theresa Marsenburg spoke to Corbett and Tenney on Monday about this latest effort to advocate for Ryan’s release.

“I want people to pray that Ryan will have courage for each day, that our Administration will act and bring him home, and that he will be alive and come back to his family and see his kids again,” Corbett says there’s so much to pray for.

Congresswoman Tenney calls her an inspiration. “At the State of the Union we’re hoping that will bring international notoriety to this case and put more pressure on the Taliban in Afghanistan to release Ryan,” the Congresswoman explains.

Anna says when Ryan left Dansville in August of 2022 it was his second trip back to Afghanistan since the family initially fled in 2021 when the Taliban took control.

“We lived in Afghanistan for almost 12 years. We really cared for the people. He had a great business going that was helping a lot of local families survive” said Corbett.

“There are a number of humanitarian organizations like the one Ryan was running in Afghanistan,” explains Tenney. “It’s just unfortunate that Ryan for some reason was detained and it’s really an injustice. He’s never been charged with anything legitimate, never had any kind of trial. They’re just holding him.”

In addition to counting the nearly 600 days he’s been gone, Anna counts the calls. Four totaling 42 minutes she says. She explains he’s being held in a basement cell without regular access to a bathroom, sunlight, or medical care.

“As far as I know he hasn’t been seen by a doctor when I spoke to him he was alive but I’m still very concerned for his health.” Asked if she has any idea when the calls will come in Anna explains, ” It’s not what you would imagine. It’s very stressful. When people hear about it they’re like ‘Wow it’s amazing you get to hear his voice.’ On one hand, it’s good to hear his voice but I miss him so much” she describes the fourth call, “the last one was 5:50 in the morning. It was the first thing I woke up to and I ran to the kids. So I don’t always know. It’s a constant uncertainty and it’s just exhausting.” she adds.

This is Corbett’s ninth trip to D.C. She says she’s grateful for all the support she’s received from New York’s congressional delegation, the U.S. Department of State, and White House officials. Her husband missed their 20th anniversary, and their children’s birthdays, and their oldest is graduating high school this year.

“I feel so sad that Ryan is missing out on all of that. Each of those days is pure agony for us” she laments. But with resolve, Anna says she hasn’t lost hope that Ryan will be reunited with his family in Dansville. Read More NewsRochesterFirst  

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