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Father of 9-year-old hostage tells CNN how young daughter survived Hamas captivity
Anderson Cooper 360
Nov 29, 2023

Over the last five days of the truce between Israel and Hamas, 81 hostages have been released, mostly women and children. One of those kids is 9-year-old Emily Hand. Her father, Thomas, was told that his daughter had died, and he told CNN days after the October 7 attack that her death was “a blessing” because it was the “best news of the possibilities” that he knew. A month later, the Israeli army told him it was “highly probable” Emily was alive and a hostage of Hamas. CNN Chief International Correspondent Clarissa Ward sat down with Thomas Hand after he was reunited with his daughter after more than 50 days. She tells Anderson Cooper he knew "her spirit" would help her survive. Plus, family and friends honored the life of former first lady Rosalynn Carter at a service in Atlanta. Jill Stuckey is a longtime friend of the Carters. She joins AC360 to remember her friend who she calls "remarkable."