By David Rohde
The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction by way of the Taliban, and his wife's fight to unfastened him.
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Then the reporter expresses their own reservations. The journalist says she has never felt the need to interview the Taliban in person and prefers phone conversations. She recommends that Tahir and I hire a driver to serve as a lookout and end the meeting after no more than an hour. “I know how you drag out interviews,” the reporter says, teasing me. I leave dinner early to meet the European journalist at L’Atmosphère, a well-known French restaurant in Kabul that caters to Westerners. As I enter I notice that it recently installed a reinforced door to stop suicide bombers.
He views the United States as a malevolent occupier. Atiqullah produces one of our cell phones and announces that he wants to call the Times bureau in Kabul. I give him the number and he briefly speaks with one of the newspaper’s Afghan reporters. He hands me the phone. One of my colleagues from the paper’s Kabul bureau is on the line. I say that we have been taken prisoner by the Taliban. ” my colleague asks. ” Atiqullah demands the phone back before I can answer. My colleague—one of the bravest reporters I know—sounds unnerved.
I drive home with an Afghan journalist I regularly work with in Kabul. I ask him about the interview. He tells me not to make the trip. There are many criminals, he says, on the road to Logar. Back at the Times bureau, the power is out, a daily occurrence in Kabul seven years after the American invasion. I had planned to look up other recent interviews with the Taliban but now have no Internet access. I had also wanted to study maps of Logar. All of my colleagues are asleep. I go up to my bedroom and wrestle with the decision.
A Rope and a Prayer: A Kidnapping from Two Sides by David Rohde