KABUL24, by Henry O. Arnold and Ben Pearson, tells the factual story of eight Western aid workers in Afghanistan in 2001. And of their harrowing arrest and subsequent captivity as hostages in a country about to enter war with their own.
For 108 days, these eight Christians, along with 16 native Afghans also working for Shelter Now International, were imprisoned against their will by the Taliban, on trumped-up charges of attempting to convert Muslims to Christianity.
Their story is one of faith and determination and the desire for release with no bloodshed of their own or of their captors.
Their story also includes their daily rituals, when possible, that kept them encouraged; what motivated them to maintain positive attitudes; and of the goodness that they saw among others who helped them in big and small ways.
The facts and emotions of their trauma have been encapsulated both in book form and now in film. The DVD is presently only available through the web, but should be released this month in retail stores and shown in churches.
Read the book. Watch the movie. You’ll be inspired too.