Monday, January 12

Kidnapped by the Taliban bu Dilip Joseph, MI with James Lund

Dilip Joseph is a medical doctor who works with Morning Star Development. During a part of 2012 he was stationed in Afghanistan and helped those without access to basic health care. On December 5, 2012 Dilip and two of his colleagues were on their way to Kabul after working in their clinic when they were stopped by men armed with AK-47s.

It was the Taliban.

The men force Dilip and his coworkers on a nine-hour march.  The captives are repeatedly threatened. One of the other captives serves as a translator, and they soon learn that the Taliban is hoping to hold them for ransom. Despite the circumstances, Dilip manages to learn a little bit about his captors. He begins to see glimpses of their humanity. Though he longs for rescue, he also hopes he can use the situation to

Dilip has a compelling and exciting story to tell and working with James Lund it is told in a brisk and highly engaging way. Many times in these sorts of books the author(s) get far too wordy or describe that don’t really affect the overall story. Running less than 200 pages, including a few pages with color pictures, I’m pleased to say that this isn’t the case here. Aiding in the story are a few times where Dilip is able to show us what his family and co-workers were going through once they realized that he was missing, and then when they learned of the ransom.

However, what I appreciated most in this story was Dilip’s refusal to completely demonize his captors. He is able to write about the terror he felt and the atrocities that they had committed, but he also realizes that they are still human. During his captivity he gets to communicate a little bit about them, and learns how their upbringing and culture influences the choices they made just as he was influenced by his own past. He is even able to see the struggle they have with their actions, and it was a refreshing angle to see in a book.

4/5 Stars

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