Matthew Schrier was on his way home from Syria after spending months photographing the war going on there, when, just 45 minutes from the safety of the Turkish border, he was taken prisoner by the Al-Nusra Front — a branch of Al-Qaeda in Syria.

For the next seven months he was starved and tortured in six different prison camps. Yet he survived, becoming the first Westerner to escape Al-Qaeda. Today he teaches the military about what he learned through his experience.

Today on the show, I talk to Matt about his book, The Dawn Prayer, which details what he learned about how to survive a Syrian prison, as well the lessons he learned in what not to do from a fellow American with whom he was held captive.

Show Highlights

  • Why Matt was in Syria in the first place 
  • How Matt got kidnapped
  • How he went about getting these kidnappers to like him
  • The use of both humor and assertiveness in Matt’s prison experience 
  • The living conditions of his various holding cells 
  • Why Matt’s American cell-mate really mucked things up, and how it motivated his escape plans 
  • The torture Matt endured at the hands of these terrorists 
  • His various escape plans, why they went awry, and how he was finally successful

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