Source: Ottawa Citizen
By Mellissa Fung, The Ottawa Citizen
In Afghanistan, as in any war, there is terrible suffering -and people need to see it to understand, writes Mellissa Fung
I thought that when I had finished writing my account of my kidnapping -published last week -that I would finally be able to close a painful chapter in my life. A chapter that started in October 2008, when I was on assignment in Kabul, Afghanistan. I was working on a story for the CBC on the plight of internal refugees in the country, when I was kidnapped by a gang of thugs, driven to another province, and dropped into a hole in the ground, where I would be held hostage for the next 28 days. I was stabbed, assaulted, and survived mostly on the cookies and juice that my kidnappers brought in. I spent most of my time praying, writing letters to friends, and talking to my kidnappers, trying to find out what motivated them. I fought hard against the dark moments, when I thought I would die in there, and that no one would ever find me.