The Price of Innocents

We’re all familiar with bad quality footage of Western hostages being held captive in the Afghan mountains or the Pakistani tribal areas. But in reality, Westerners are rarely kidnapped. The main victims of these brutal kidnappings are locals.

The Taliban most often target normal people: local entrepreneurs, shopkeepers, students, and doctors. Here, it’s not about a political agenda. The only goal is to raise a high enough ransom to provide funds for armed struggle. No one really knows exactly how many victims have been abducted in the region since 9/11, but in Afghanistan alone, hundreds of people are abducted every year.

In this report, former hostages and their families recount their experiences.


  • Year: 2013
  • Duration: 40 mins
  • Production: Code 5
  • Director: Lionel de Coninck
  • Available Versions: FRA
  • Country of production: France

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