"In Under an Afghan Sky, Mellissa Fung touches on some difficult issues and does not divide the world into the two realms of good and evil. As she tells of the long days and nights she spent with her captors in a hole in the ground, we get to know them as the flawed human beings that they were, desperate individuals who had been pushed to the edge by war, poverty, and political and religious extremism. This is an important book that can lead the reader to a better understanding of a very complicated country." --Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran and After Tehran
"There's a wonderful tension in Under the Afghan Sky between the wide-eyed curiosity, innocence, decency, resilience, and compassion of the narrator and the reader's sense of peril in the suffocating confinement, the ever-present likelihood of murder, and the backdrop of a fundamentally irrational conflict. I came away feeling that anybody else but Mellissa would probably have perished and that she survived because of the strength of her character, which certainly surprised some of her kidnappers. I was totally captivated." --Linden MacIntyre, author of The Bishop's Man
"Grabbed at gunpoint, stabbed in the shoulder, knifed in the hand, thrown in an underground hole for 28 days, and yet Mellissa Fung never stops being a reporter. Fung puts you in that awful, dark, rancid hole with her, and lets you listen in as she never stops confronting her kidnappers. Vivid in its detail, dramatic in its conversation, Under an Afghan Sky is riveting journalism, and guess what? There's even an endearing love story that runs throughout the book." --Peter Mansbridge
"Mellissa Fung's vivid portrait of the soul of a journalist even in the most terrifying of circumstances is a recognition of the never yielding human spirit. When we follow our calling it can save our lives. Her experience is an example of this." --Sandra Oh
"This breath-taking, deeply moving memoir of the nightmare of being taken hostage is immensely readable and compelling. The enormity of the experience is matched by the brilliance of the writing. This is a must-read for anyone interested in what's happening in Afghanistan today." --Adrienne Clarkson
About the Author
MELLISSA FUNG has been a reporter for CBC Television since 2003. As a national correspondent, she has covered numerous topics on both Canadian and world affairs, including the Robert Pickton trial and the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She was sent on assignment to Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008 and was abducted during her second tour. Fung divides her time between Toronto and Washington, D.C.