Kidnapped by the Taliban
By: Dilip Joseph with James Lund
Dilip Joseph dreams of life as a medical humanitarian. In 2009 his dream comes true as he joins the staff of Colorado-based Morning Star Development, a nonprofit community and economic development organization.
On December 5, 2012, Dr. Joseph and two native colleagues, en route from a medical clinic in an Afghan village to Kabul, find themselves face-to-face with four men carrying AK-47s. Forced at gunpoint into the back of a truck and driven to a remote location, the men are sure they are headed to their execution.
I was very surprised with this book. I was expecting horrible conditions and physical torture and basically..a horror story.
Don’t get me wrong; the conditions were dire and there was emotional torture and even with the first-hand account of the events, I can’t even really imagine what Dilip Joseph’s ordeal was actually like..but there was something I didn’t expect to encounter in this book.
The human factor of the captors.
The men who kidnapped Dilip and his colleagues were, well, human. They spoke of their upbringing, they expressed emotions and regrets. They spoke of their families. They connected to the men they had kidnapped. They even argued over whether or not to kill them.
The book is eye opening because it is a true-life account of something that we tend to forget about. Something that happens half a world away and we don’t even think about it.
But it was heart-opening too, because it reminded me that while the victims need prayer, the guilty also need prayer. They are human beings, God’s children whom God loves, and they are lost. As described in the book, many times they are following the only lifestyle they’ve ever known. Following the footsteps of their fathers.
This is definitely a book I recommend to read. I think it would even be great for teens (there is some violence so I would pre-read it first, especially if the child in mind is sensitive.)
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the Book Look Bloggers program. I was not obligated to write a positive review.