Freelance Journalist Released in Afghanistan

Freelance Japanese journalist Kosuke Tsuneoka, himself a Muslim, was released Saturday after 5 months of captivity in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan.

From: The Japan Times

Journalist Released

Kosuke Tsuneoka

During his five months in captivity, he said he never met anyone who supported the government led by President Hamid Karzai.

Financial aid from overseas, including Japan, is spent on government-controlled areas, which amounts to only 10 to 20 percent of the country, which is widening the wealth disparity, Tsuneoka said.

One of the captors told him there is no hospital in Archi, a town in Kunduz Province, where he stayed. “He asked me, ‘Can’t Japan help us?’ “

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