Under an Afghan Sky by Mellissa Fung
a Memoir of Captivity

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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.
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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.

 

About Mellissa Fung

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MELLISSA FUNG has been a reporter for CBC Television since 2003. As a national correspondent, she has covered numerous topics on both Canadian and world affairs, including the Robert Pickton trial and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She was sent on assignment to Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008 and was abducted during her second tour. Fung divides her time between Toronto and Washington, D.C.
 
Published May 3, 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs.
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Reviewed by Richard Poplak on Jun 03 2011

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.

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