"I met a lot of bad people, but I kept my faith," he told reporters
A 52-year-old Slidell man who was held in South Sudan for two months returned home Monday night to a warm greeting from family members at the New Orleans airport.
Mark McCabe had been detained in connection with the kidnapping of an Indian businesman. The charges were dropped and McCabe was finally permitted to leave the country late last week.
He was met at the aiport by his wife, Anne, his two daughters and 2-year-old granddaughter.
McCabe, who made a business trip to South Sudan last summer, thanked Senator David Vitter for pressing for his release.
"I don't know Mr. Vitter, but I'm going to shake his hand whenever I meet him."
McCabe says he spent time in four different prisons and described the experience as "rough."
"I met a lot of bad people but I kept my faith, kept my belief. I knew my wife was fighting for me and I knew that I would be home."
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