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Kim Barker and the “Taliban Shuffle”

April 26, 2018

By Cheyenne Creciun

SHIPPENSBURG – PA-Acclaimed author Kim Barker gave a speech in Old Main Chapel on Wednesday night.

Her talk included her adventure that inspired her book “Taliban Shuffle.” She was employed at the Chicago Tribune and in light of the 9/11 terror attacks they were in search of a correspondent to send to Pakistan and this is where her adventure began.

Barker arrived in Pakistan with little knowledge of the country and language. She described her adventure there with a sense of humor and a light heart. Barker describes the friendships she made that would bring her face to face with war lords for interviews. Beyond that she would travel the country looking for her next story while adapting to the culture.

Barker stayed in Pakistan for five years. During those years she told the audience that she had changed and it took her time to readjust when she returned home.

Writing the book was the only way she believed that she would get over the things she saw and experience while she was on her adventure. Later the book was turned into a motion picture “Foxtrot Whiskey Tango” and she was portrayed by Tina Fey.

At the end of the presentation Barker spent a good deal of time answering questions about her adventures. She answered questions regarding her role as a woman in a country where women’s rights are nearly non-existent and if she was scared. Barker with her great sense of humor replied with something like, no just annoyed and she had to beat up a man once.

Overall her speech was riveting and she gave the audience a sense they were right there besides her riding down a war torn road in a beat up truck searching for the story with her.


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