By David Rohde
The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction through the Taliban, and his wife's fight to unfastened him.
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Held in four different locations in eastern Afghanistan: November 10-17, 2008. Moved by car through Logar, Wardak, Ghazni, and Paktika provinces. 4. Walked over mountains from Paktika, Afghanistan, into South Waziristan, Pakistan: Night of November 17-18, 2008. 5. Drove through Wana, South Waziristan, to Miran Shah, North Waziristan: November 18, 2008. Held prisoner in five different houses in Miran Shah, North Waziristan: November 18, 2008 to mid-March 2009. 6. Moved from Miran Shah, North Waziristan, to Makeen, South Waziristan: Mid-March.
For seven months our family negotiated with the kidnappers—directly and through contractors—regarding a potential ransom. No ransom was paid. While David was in captivity, we believed the only way to keep him and his Afghan colleagues alive and encourage the kidnappers to remain in contact was to appear to be willing to pay for their release. In this book, we discuss Kristen’s calls with the kidnappers and the negotiations because they bring home the reality and pressures placed on a kidnap victim’s family.
Under Pashtunwali, all Pashtuns must display hospitality toward guests, give asylum to anyone in distress, exact revenge on those who injure or insult them, protect the honor of women, and always display unflinching bravery, loyalty, and trust in God. In rural villages, conservative Pashtun tribal elders tended to be devoutly religious, opposed to central government rule, and suspicious of foreigners. In the large cities and towns, an educated Pashtun elite generally supported modernization of the country.
A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides by David Rohde