The Story of a Taliban Kidnapping and Unwavering Faith in the Face of True Terror
By Ben Pearson & Henry Arnold
The story of the capture and imprisonment of eight Western aid workers in Afghanistan by the Taliban.
For three months in 2001, the desperate plight of aid workers kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan captured the attention of the world. With the growing specter of U.S. retaliation for 9/11, the Taliban and Osama bin Laden attempted to use their Western hostages as bargaining tools. What the captors did not count on was coming face-to-face with the enduring faith of people who know their only hope was in Christ.
Kabul 24 revisits their grueling interrogations, their sham trials before the Taliban Supreme Court, their peril during the bombing of Kabul, and the crushing sense that the world had abandoned them. It reveals not only the eight Westerners’ 105 days in captivity but also the gauntlet endured by their 16 Muslim coworkers who, after being taken to the notorious Pulicharki Prison, were beaten and tortured, having been accused by the Taliban of converting to Christianity.
My Review: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
This is the story of the twenty-four captives of the Taliban who were captured in Afganistan a month before 9/11. These people did nothing wrong but were tortured because Al Queda considered the actions of the SNI humanitarian organization that helped widows and orphans criminal. This story of their courage and faith reminds us all about how evil the Taliban was and the oppression the Afgan people were under before we intervened. This story reminds us of the history we’d like to forget. I recommend this book.