Afghan journalist Sultan Munadi was abducted by the Taliban together with British journalist Stephen Farrell and killed in the Nato-led raid that freed the Briton. In a recent
blog entry for the New York Times,
Mr Munadi spoke of the love he had for his country.
I grew up in the Panjshir Valley, in a place that is a three-hour walk from the nearest road. We don't have a lot of iron there, we don't have concrete, we don't have these artificial things. It's a completely natural place.
Mr Munadi said he had lived through the darkest days of his country
I grew up there, and when I went to Germany to study for a master's degree in public policy I saw concrete everywhere, a lot of glass, asphalt and artificial things.
It was depressing, very boring for me. I was dreaming of the dust, I was dreaming of nature in my country, of the mountains. It's really nice to be back for a while, it's very hard to be away for two years.
If I were a teenager, it would be easier to be integrated into the society in Germany, but now at the age of 34, it is difficult to be away from my country.
I would not leave Afghanistan. I have passed the very darkest times of my country, when there was war and insecurity. I was maybe four or five years old when we went from my village into the mountains and the caves to hide, because the Soviets were bombing.
I have passed those times, and the time of the Taliban when I could not even go to Kabul, inside my country. It was like being in a prison.
Those times are past now. Now I am hopeful of a better situation. And if I leave this country, if other people like me leave this country, who will come to Afghanistan? Will it be the Taliban who come to govern this country?
That is why I want to come back, even if it means cleaning the streets of Kabul. That would be a better job for me, rather than working, for example, in a restaurant in Germany.
Being a journalist is not enough; it will not solve the problems of Afghanistan. I want to work for the education of the country, because the majority of people are illiterate. That is the main problem facing many Afghans. I am really committed to come back and work for my country.