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Press Release

For Immediate Release
30 October 2017


We are deeply saddened and disturbed to receive the news about the deteriorating health condition of Kevin King through a statement released by the Taliban. Kevin King and his colleague Tim Weeks are AUAF professors and were abducted by the Taliban in August 2016. Mr. King and Mr. Weeks have been in captivity for more than a year, away from their loved ones.

They came to Afghanistan to teach Afghan youth and contribute to building a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan. The are innocent civilians and have done no harm to anyone. It is apparent that Mr. King's health is deteriorating and the Taliban have admitted they cannot care for him. Harming and imprisoning non-combatants, the ill and the elderly are contrary to the injunctions of Islam, Afghan traditions and humanitarian principles. We strongly urge the Taliban to immediately release Mr. King and Mr. Weeks unharmed.


For interviews with Dr. Kenneth Holland the President of the American University of Afghanistan please coordinate with:

Zubaida Akbar| Director of Communications 
Darulaman Road | Kabul, Afghanistan 
Tel: 0093 (0) 796 88 42 73 | TW@AUAfghanistan
Email: zakbar@auaf.edu.af