Yvonne Ridley

In the Hands of the Taliban

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Yvonne Ridley's terrifying 10 day detainment by the Taliban regime in Afghanistan struck a chord that continues to resonate around the world. At a time when the world was plunged into a state of unprecedented chaos and uncertainty following the terrorist atrocities in the US, Yvonne faced the ordeal of her life. Captured by the Taliban as she attempted to cross the Afghan border to report on the outbreak of war for the Sunday Express, Yvonne found her life hanging in the balance in the hands of the most reviled regime in the world. For Yvonne, an unexpected survival instinct kicked in that saw her face her captors not with fear, but with anger. Her courage and gutsiness, and that of her family, prompted the Taliban to release her, glad to be rid of such a so-called 'difficult' woman. This is Yvonne's full, true story. From her capture, to the ordeal she endured at the hands of the Taliban, to her eventual release; she offers a unique perspective into a way of life that remains a mystery to many. The friendships she formed with her fellow hostages, her feelings about her captors and their beliefs, and her discoveries — many of which surprised and baffled her — are all exclusively revealed in detail. Yvonne's story is a truly compelling and inspirational read.
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    Ingridhas quoted2 years ago
    Although it is hotly denied by the Taliban, their war machine exists thanks to huge profits from the heroin trade
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    we headed out of the door and I noticed some shiny folds of silver paper. I pointed them out to Pasha and he hurried me out of the door. The silver paper contained heroin and was on open sale for anyone to buy
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    You must seize the moment because sometimes we never get a second chance to say yes.’

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