Peter Mansbridge sits down with the CBC’s Mellissa Fung to discuss her new book, Under an Afghan Sky: A Memoir Of Captivity. What an inspirational discussion. On so many levels this piece is fabulous. Humanity, politica, Afghanistan war, humanity, journalism, personal memoir, literature… simply amazing television.
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Just watched Peter’s recent interview with Melissa. After feeling rather bummed out about Canada’s recent federal election voting by giving an undeserving PM a majority term, listening to Melissa renewed my Canadian spirit. To hear such an articulate honest and courageous woman reflect and assess the disturbing state of Afghanistan and her personal journey as a kidnapped journalist was simply stellar. She is not just a Canadian hero but an international beacon of class and integrity. I pray we find more men and women who can engage in work as stoic and professional as her. Melissa Fung has to the top of my list of people to admire and promote. I will not only read her book and study her in depth but tell everyone I meet what a great Canadian we have among us. Thanks Peter.
Postscript to Mr. Harper: watch the interview and I dare you to sleep at nights if you cut the CBC. This kind of journalism and television is not just superior and rare on a global scale but not possible in the private marketplace!
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.( mosaicbooks.ca)