Mellissa Fung – Under an Afghan Sky: A Memoir Of Captivity – Go read it!

Mellissa Fung – Under an Afghan Sky - A Memoir Of Captivity

In recent years, Mellissa Fung has become one of the reporters that I admire and respect a lot. Her book, “Under an Afghan Sky: A Memoir Of Captivity” has recently been published. Go find it and read it.

In October 2008, Mellissa Fung, a reporter for CBC’s The National, was leaving a refugee camp outside of Kabul when she was kidnapped by armed men. She was forced to hike for several hours through the mountains until they reached a village; there, the kidnappers pushed her towards a hole in the ground. “No,” she said. “I am not going down there.”

For more than a month, Fung lived in that hole, which was barely tall enough to stand up in, nursing her injuries, praying and writing in a notebook. Under an Afghan Sky is the gripping tale of Fung’s days in captivity, surviving on cookies and juice, from the ‘grab’ to her eventual release.

I find the love letters that Mellissa and Paul wrote separately were extremely touching. Here are two samples.

Mellissa Fung – Under an Afghan Sky - A Memoir Of Captivity (pix 1)

Mellissa Fung – Under an Afghan Sky - A Memoir Of Captivity (pix 2)

When I have more time to come back to the book, the first thing I will do is to finish reading all these letters first.

Here are some of the media reports, radio & TV interviews that I find insightful.

* CBC TV, The National interview with Peter Mansbridge, “Under an Afghan Sky: Mellissa Fung’s memoir of 28 days in captivity

* CBC Radio interview, The Current, “A Memoir of Captivity: Mellissa Fung” (The host Anna Maria Tremonti did one of the most insightful and touching interview.)

* CTV News interview, “Mellissa Fung recounts Afghan captivity in new book

* Toronto Star, “I’m just calling to say goodbye” (This reports deals with the sexual assault.)

* Maclean’s, “Mellissa Fung and her captors – The CBC reporter held in Afghanistan resisted, defied and then forgave them

* CBC Strombo TV interview with Mellissa.

By the way,

“[Fung] is donating her portion of book royalties to the Ayenda Foundation, which establishes schools and learning centres and scholarships for Afghan children. “I always knew that whatever came out of this book I wanted to benefit the people I left behind there.”” [via TorStar] [HT Strombo for link confirmation]

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