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‘We’re afraid he’s losing hope:’ Wife of Dansville man detained by Taliban has first phone call with him in months

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — It’s been nearly 600 days since a man from Dansville was detained by the Taliban. And here at home, his wife is continuing her fight to get her husband home.

Anna and Ryan Corbett and their family evacuated Afghanistan and returned to Dansville in August 2021. Ryan made multiple trips back to renew his visa and pay the staff of his business there.

But it was during a trip in August of 2022 that he still has not returned from.

“He was invited to the police headquarters. And he texted me that he was going there, and he just was going to answer a few questions. And 36 hours later, they took away his phone. And that’s when I knew things were not good,” Anna told News 8. “As I see this situation evolve, I’m very concerned about his deteriorating physical health.

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Anna says phone calls with Ryan are few and far between.

“We hear about it very last minute. I only hear Ryan’s voice, but I know he’s not alone from what other prisoners have said who have been held with him,” Anna said.”

But the most recent one she and her kids had with him on Tuesday was concerning, saying she’s worried about his physical and mental health.

“That’s becoming increasingly disturbing to the children and I, because we’re afraid he’s losing hope of getting out,” Anna said.

Since Ryan has been detained, Anna has had to do what she can to fight for his return. She says she’s met with and made progress with engagement on The Hill — adding efforts at the White House have been slow.

“I’m told to trust the process. But what process? We’re almost 20 months in, and Ryan is still sitting in a basement cell with very little contact with me,” Anna said.

On FreeRyanCorbett.com, Anna says the community can write letters to the State Department and White House Congressional Representatives and Senators. She says each one counts, and it’s what is helping her get through while she pushes for her husband’s return.

“I know that’s really important to Ryan,” Anna said. “I also have an amazing support system. There are so many people helping me at a lot of levels. I’m not alone in this, so many people care to bring Ryan home.”

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — It’s been nearly 600 days since a man from Dansville was detained by the Taliban. And here at home, his wife is continuing her fight to get her husband home.

Anna and Ryan Corbett and their family evacuated Afghanistan and returned to Dansville in August 2021. Ryan made multiple trips back to renew his visa and pay the staff of his business there.

But it was during a trip in August of 2022 that he still has not returned from.

“He was invited to the police headquarters. And he texted me that he was going there, and he just was going to answer a few questions. And 36 hours later, they took away his phone. And that’s when I knew things were not good,” Anna told News 8. “As I see this situation evolve, I’m very concerned about his deteriorating physical health.
‘It was time to speak out:’ Corbett family, officials plead to free Dansville man held hostage by Taliban
Anna says phone calls with Ryan are few and far between.

“We hear about it very last minute. I only hear Ryan’s voice, but I know he’s not alone from what other prisoners have said who have been held with him,” Anna said.”

But the most recent one she and her kids had with him on Tuesday was concerning, saying she’s worried about his physical and mental health.

“That’s becoming increasingly disturbing to the children and I, because we’re afraid he’s losing hope of getting out,” Anna said.

Since Ryan has been detained, Anna has had to do what she can to fight for his return. She says she’s met with and made progress with engagement on The Hill — adding efforts at the White House have been slow.

“I’m told to trust the process. But what process? We’re almost 20 months in, and Ryan is still sitting in a basement cell with very little contact with me,” Anna said.

On FreeRyanCorbett.com, Anna says the community can write letters to the State Department and White House Congressional Representatives and Senators. She says each one counts, and it’s what is helping her get through while she pushes for her husband’s return.

“I know that’s really important to Ryan,” Anna said. “I also have an amazing support system. There are so many people helping me at a lot of levels. I’m not alone in this, so many people care to bring Ryan home.” Read More NewsRochesterFirst  

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