Written by Henry O. Arnold and Ben Pearson
Published by Thomas Nelson ;
Published in 2009
SYNOPSIS: You can’t kidnap someone’s hope. They were teachers, engineers, nurses, students, and artists from around the world who answered God’s call to help Afghan refugees rebuild their lives following decades of war. But as international tensions reached inferno levels in 2001, extremists set out to rid Afghanistan of anyone who posed a threat to Islam and the influence of the Taliban.
The Shelter Now International (SNI) humanitarian effort led by Christians from Western countries topped the Taliban’s list.
Kabul 24 is the story you didn’t see on CNN. It’s the story of the human heartbeats behind the headlines that captivated the world during one of the most volatile political windows in recent history. Relive the harrowing, true account of how eight humanitarian aid workers imprisoned behind enemy lines would survive and even thrive in the midst of betrayal, inhumane conditions, and the massive Allied bombing raids conducted by their own countries following the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
From peacemakers to pawns in a story of political and religious turmoil, the eight would individually and collectively discover a level of hope that would free them from captivity long before their dramatic rescue by American Special Forces 105 days after their abduction.
“Kabul 24 by Ben Pearson and Henry Arnold, is about a group known as the ‘SNI Eight’. However, the story is not just about them, it is about their families and the locals that they provided employment for. They are arrested and unjustly punished for only helping a people that desperately needed helping. On September 11, 2001 America was attacked by terrorists. This happened shortly after the SNI eight were arrested. Their prisoners soon become more of abductors, attempting to use the eight as a personal shield from U.S. retaliation. While this book is an account of their experience, it flows in story-like form. I could not put this book down. A book is good when you can’t stop thinking about it even after you’ve finished. I can’t stop thinking about it.”
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