Day 14: It should have been the beginning . . .
All she needed were stamps and signatures. Marie and her translator stood in the government offices in Kabul, Afghanistan to complete the paperwork for her new literacy project. The women in her home town, the northern village of Shehktan, would learn to read.
But a spattering of gun shots exploded and an aid worker crumpled. Executed. On the streets of Kabul. Just blocks from the guesthouse. Sending shockwaves through the community.
The foreign personnel assessed their options and some, including Marie’s closest friend, Carolyn, chose to leave the country. Marie and others faced the cost and elected to press forward. But the execution of the lone aid worker was just the beginning.
When she returned home to her Afghan friends in Shehktan to begin classes, she felt eyes watching her, piercing through her scarf as she walked the streets lined in mud brick walls.
And in the end . . .
It took only 14 days for her project, her Afghan home, her community-all of it-to evaporate in an eruption of dust, grief, and loss. Betrayed by someone she trusted. Caught in a feud she knew nothing about, and having loved people on both sides, Marie struggled for the answer: How could God be present here, working here, in the soul of Afghanistan?
My thoughts and giveaway:
This is a much different book than I typically read and I really liked it.
This book takes you into places you only hear about on the news and into the mind of someone who is living this type of life.
Fear is something I struggle with and I can’t imagine living in Afghanistan and hearing about someone like you, serving and helping others, being shot for no apparent reason.
Marie’s reaction to this is what I think many of us would’ve felt. She looked at every man on the street as a threat. Who could she trust?
After reading this book I have an even deeper respect for people who are over in the middle east serving and trying to make things better. The danger they choose to put themselves in for the sake of others is nothing short of astounding.
If you are looking for a completely different read then you are used to and want to get inside Afghanistan and the heart and mind of those who serve there then this is a book you should give a chance. I think you might be pleasantly surprised.
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