Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Death of a Fool...

A West Vancouver freelancer, Khadija Abdul Qahaar - formerly Beverly Giesbrecht - and author of the pro-Taliban website "Jihad Unspun" appears to have died in Taliban captivity. I remember when she was first captured, I actually heard her voice on the phone of a person I knew who had worked with her. She had been putting his name as a contact and Canadian intelligence wanted to know if he could assist or something like that. He refused and didn't want to get involved, his relationship with her was a passing one of acquaintance, some brief query regarding one of his documentaries. I remembered feeling how strange it could be that two people on the same phone line could be so many worlds apart. We were sitting in a comfortable editing studio in Shepherd's Bush, London, whilst at that moment she was probably in some hell-hole in Afghanistan or Pakistan. Such a tragic end for somebody who could only be described as a lost soul. You can only swim out so far before it is impossible for anybody to help you.


Anonymous said...

Maysaloon, that was my exact thought about her too. Even when I prayed for her I was filled with sadness, as of it was an exercise of faith but no hope.

How surreal to have been involved like that.

Maysaloon said...

Thanks Kinzi,
It is quite surreal and the hopelesness of the whole situation makes the whole story just a tragic and futile tale. Oh well. Such is life.