American Family's Plea to President Obama to Help Free Hostage in Pakistan from Al Qaeda

The Weinstein's ask for help for the first time to bring their father home.
3:00 | 12/30/13

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Tonight new word from the state department after an abc news exclusive, our interview with the family of an american father and grandfather held captive by al qaeda. A spokes women at the state department saying we have called immediately on terrorists holding him to release him. Tonight the family of warren weinstein on the newest video of their loved one. Reporter: This is the father of an american father and grandfather believed to be held captive with al qaeda. Today the state depd said the u.S. Has called on al qaeda to release him immediately and return him to his family. This video is all they have. On it, a message to his family. I think about each and every one of them every moment of every day. Reporter: This is the first proof in more than a year that warren weinstein is still alive. The 72-year-old was working as a consultant in pakistan, helping to build the local economy when gunmrmed his apartment and took him captive. When he looked straight into that camera and said it seems that I have been totally abandoned -- and forgotten. I wanted to die right there on the spot. He has no idea how hard we've tried to get him back. The funny thing is that I always take him to the airport and i always pick him up, and he sees my lip begin to quiver and he says, please don't cry and now that's the last time I saw him. How hard has that been, trying to explain to the little ones where their grandfather is. Our daughter, we finally had to tell her and that was one of the hardest things ever. What did she ask. My birthday is coming, is he going to be home for this one. How do you answer that? Such a burden at such a young age to have to -- to have to wonder if their grandfather is okay. Reporter: She told us the story of her son, a toddler who figured out how to skype with his grandpa before the gunmen took him. We were sitting at the computer and he figured out how to skype his grandpa. Reporter: Now the only way to see him is through this video. What would you say to him if you could? Just tell him how much I miss him. Sorry. I would just tell him that i love him, and that I think about him every day. The weinstein's hoping this new year their father comes

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