After prison in #Syria, Vt. college student returns home
Burlington, Vermont – April 4, 2011
Molly Smith – WCAX News
A Vermonter was reunited with his Ripton family over the weekend. Tik Root was studying abroad in Syria, and had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. A passport full of stamps he believes kept him held in a Syrian prison.
“They thought I was a CIA agent,” Root explained. Root says he was just studying Arabic, and getting to know the Syrian people after the revolution in Egypt forced him to leave his study abroad program there last month.
“I just happened to be in the area, and took a wrong turn and ended up being about 100 yards away from a protest,” Root said.
Root was arrested in Damascus and thrown into an overcrowded prison. His Syrian captors never told him why.
“I never really tried to ask why I was there because it really was not an important question. In Syria it does not matter why you got arrested, it does not matter why you are there. No one ever knows why they are taken in.”