Sunday, August 13, 2006

Jill Carroll's Iraq mis-adventures

USA Today is carrying the story of Jill Carroll's 82 days as a hostage in Iraq. It starts with how she was kidnapped and the initial days as a hostage, which is mindboggling. Further chapters will carry further details about her days as a captive to the Iraqi goons.

The first chapter is horrific, just the hors d'oeuvres. It promises to get more gory when she sheds light on what she went through.

I'm very curious about her release. It was vague and all of a sudden, like instant oatmeal, just too good to be true. Carroll's sister pleaded for her release on national TV one day, and voila, next day she was walking on the streets. It seems like a US government covered up for some deal brokered with someone (maybe the insurgents). It'll be interesting to hear her end of that angle.

There's no contesting how strong and brave she is. Unfortunately, Carroll's translator Alan Enwiya was killed by the goons. My prayers are with Alan's family. The Christian Science Monitor has established a fund to support them. I'm donating, and hope you will too, especially if you are a mediaperson.

Alan gave his life in the line of fire, maintaining the sanctity of our profession and dying for a cause we seek -- to tell the truth. The fund will enable his wife, two children and parents to start a new life with their relatives in the US.

You can send donations to:
The Alan Enwiya Fund
c/o The Christian Science Monitor
One Norway Street
Boston, MA 02115

(Postscript: I received multiple e-mails crying foul about her release. My theories could be naysay aka conspiracy theories, but there is an angle there to be investigated. Apologies to those hurt by it.)


Blogger Id it is said...

Thanks for sharing.
We owe it to those journalists, who jeopardize their lives to provide us with honest reporting, to donate generously to the Alan Elwiya fund

8:37 AM  
Blogger Khakra said...

Carroll and Elwiya dug deep dug into the Iraqi populace to get the human element of the war, which made them so different. Others just stood on balconies, or were embedded with military, which I ripped last time. Carroll's stories are rare to find. It'll add up to the annals of historic war coverage. The real culprit, unfortunately, was Ernest Hemingway and his ilk, who juiced up stories with romanticism.

you can hate journalists too, much like the folks at fox news. the kidnapping of the two reporters from there is unfortunate. they started off slow, but their war coverage was pretty good. CNN International's coverage was better than CNN USA.

11:27 AM  

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