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.
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André Gide would have made something of this, but Fung is capable only of a glancing, shallow telling of the facts through a liberal humanist lens; in the rush to publish, she has not yet processed the experience emotionally or intellectually.Read Full Review of Under an Afghan Sky: a Memoir... | See more reviews from National Post arts