As some of you may know from reading this blog, I posted a notice about an event last week for people concerned with the Korean hostages in Afghanistan. I was one of those people that went there feeling like there was very little that could be done.
I don’t know if I walked away from the meeting feeling like there was a clear solution to the situation, but I do feel like I learned a
great deal from some very compassionate people. I walked away with a greater understanding of the role of the Taliban and the moral authority they hold in Afghanistan. I also was reminded of how much the US has been a major factor in shaping the Afghanistan that exists today. And most enlightening of all, I met some folks at the meeting who had volunteered and done aide work multiple times in Afghanistan. And guess what? They had survived. They weren’t kidnapped, starved and shot. And they wish to go back again (probably moreso now than before).
These incredibly generous people made it very clear that the general populace of the country is very invested in not having situations like this happen. And in actuality, the general public in Afghanistan goes out of their way to make sure that foreign volunteers are safe and can continue their work. Why? Because the people of Afghanistan need help. They are in a terrible situation on so many levels.
It really shocked me when I read some of the comments on my previous post that came just short of saying the hostages deserved what they got.
I don’t know if there is much that can be done except pray and hope for their safe return. But if you are concerned, the people at KoreanAmericansNeeded.com have drafted a letter that appeals to the UN and Muslim Leaders to condemn the actions of the Taliban. The hope is that shame will motivate the Taliban to change their plans. Currently, they have twisted the principles of the Islamic faith for their own use. The hail mary play is to hopefully reveal that this is not the will of the people and that the Taliban is no more than a terrorist organization.
It was said that given the
history of Afghanistan and the Taliban’s reputation as moral
authorities, that an appeal to their morality, or the teachings of the
Prophet Mohammad in the Quran, may invoke a reaction.
A letter was recently drafted
that is addressed to Governor Marajulldin Pathan of the Ghazni province
in Afghanistan. If he wanted, he could get it into the hands of the
Taliban who are currently holding the Koreans hostage.
This letter was written with the
endorsements of the Afghanistan World Foundation and the Muslim Policy
Affairs Council. The United States, Afghanistan, and Korean government
have all failed to get the hostages released. Not only that, but two
have already lost their lives and another two are in critical
condition. We are asking on a person-to-person basis, not on a
government-person basis, and so we are appealing only to their morality
and their honor which are key values in Islamic teachings and
traditions. Let us all join and hope that this letter will move the
Taliban captors to release the hostages unconditionally so that they
can unite with their beloved families whose suffering right now is
equally as unimaginable.
If this is something that you
believe could make a difference, even in the slightest, then please
mail or email a copy to any of the following requesting that they pass
UN Ambassadors of Islamic Nations
President and Leaders of Islamic Nations (especially Turkey)
Parliament President of Islamic Nations
Your letter will be appreciated
by many people, even ones who never get a chance to read it. Sometimes
it’s the effort that counts. If you have any questions or comments
please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org