Kidnapped by the Taliban
Dilip Joseph, MD with James Lund
Kidnapped by the Taliban is the account of Dilip Joseph, a doctor working for a non-profit organization as a medical humanitarian. On a routine trip to Afghanistan, Dilip and two of his co-workers are stopped on a remote road by a handful of young men with automatic weapons. The three men are kidnapped and forced to walk many miles with the captors, resting in shacks located along a trail running through a very rural area. Though they have been kidnapped, the treatment they receive is nothing like they’s expected. The young Taliban members often make threats against them and discuss executing them, but they treat their captives with the same respect and hospitality they would treat any other visitors. It’s this treatment that astounds Dilip, while being held captive he begins to see his captors as broken young men going through things that many young men face around the world; he sees them struggle with their religious calling and the lifestyle they lead. The relationships he begins to form make him want to stay in touch with these men even when he is rescued. Just when he begins to wonder if he will die here with these men, in swoops SEAL Team Six to rescue him. This book tells his story of being help in captivity and having to deal with the aftermath of that experience as well as his rescue in which many lives, including that of a Navy SEAL, are lost.
This was a very interesting book to read; it’s not a story of torture and suffering, but of understanding and relationships. I was in awe at the way the Taliban treated their captives, almost like they would treat family. It really got me thinking about the motives behind actions like this one. In this story it was clear that this particular was about money, not about hatred. I really enjoyed reading Dilip’s story and like him, struggled with my current understanding and attitude towards this particular group of people. Dilip’s story helped me to understand that many members of the Taliban aren’t just full of pure evil, they’re people who are dealing with some of the same struggles that the rest of us face every day.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.