The Sky is Always There: Surviving a Kidnap in Chechnya

The Sky is Always There: Surviving a Kidnap in Chechnya

by Camilla Carr, Jonathan James


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In April 1997-98 Camilla Carr and Jon James set off as volunteers in a £500 Lada stacked high with toys, games, footballs, paints and a parachute. Their destination was Chechnya and their aim was to work with children who had been traumatised by war. After working for two months setting up and teaching in a rehabilitation centre and watching the children begin to smile and play again, they were kidnapped by Chechen guerrillas. There followed fourteen months of incarceration in homes that varied from a concrete box with no natural light or fresh air, to a pink trompe la oeil bedroom via a sauna and various cellars. They experienced everything from rape and mental torture to moments of compassion and kindness. They survived by using tools such as tai chi, yoga, meditation and humour; and through creating a dialogue with their captors, looking beneath their masks of fear and anger to reach the small flame of love and laughter unquenched by the demonising nature of war.

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ISBN-13: 9781853118562
Publisher: Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Publication date: 03/26/2008
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     viii
Preface     ix
The Kidnap     1
The Kiva     7
The Pink Crystal Room     16
Flashback     41
The Kiva Revisited     55
Into Chechnya     83
The Hot House     98
Pink Crystal Room, Autumn     110
Bleak House     122
The Ice Palace     148
The Base     154
The Sauna     165
One-Night Stand     176
The Farm     180
The Carpet Room     189
The King's Chamber     198
The Cricket Cellar     238
Freedom! Cveboda!     245
Coming Up for Air     258
Surviving in Freedom     270
Still Breathing     277

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