A slip is something guys don’t generally wear. Nor do they give them to the Taliban for Christmas. But Pierre Borghi did just that. He gave the Taliban the slip:
I was abducted by the Taliban on the evening of Tuesday 27 November.
It had been an ordinary, relaxed day in Kabul – no bombs or gunfire or stress. I had been to the supermarket, bought Chinese noodles for dinner and planned a quiet night in watching a zombie movie.
This was my second week in Afghanistan on my second visit to the country. I was looking for work in the humanitarian or urban planning sectors while I tried to make it as a photographer.
I was walking back from a bar, where I had been debating with other freelancers and friends the safest way was to get around Kabul. Security was on my mind, but the bar was in pretty much the safest area in the city and I was staying a mere 500m away. I didn’t think being outside for five or 10 minutes would be such a risk.
That was a miscalculation.
A white Toyota Corolla stopped just a few metres ahead of me. Four guys got out, bearded, dressed in salwar kameez – the traditional Afghan dress – and headed straight for me.
Glad Pierre is back. It could’ve had a bad ending. (As for the slip, I wonder if knows Christine Gambito from HappySlip Productions?)