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2 Foreign Profs Kidnapped at American University, Kabul

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:00 am    Post subject: 2 Foreign Profs Kidnapped at American University, Kabul Reply with quote

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/08/07/professors-at-american-university-afghanistan-kidnapped-in-kabul.html
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was two doctors working at the hospital according to VOA news. FOX news says they were professors. Maybe they were PhD's working directly at the hospital. One American, one Australian.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone who works there already knows the risk, and the kidnappings just serve as a reminder. By the way, in case you might be interested in doing a little English there, the net pay is about $3200 a month for 20 contact hours a week.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is some nice cash! but oooh the risks!

I'll pass on that.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The handwriting in on the wall for the Middle East, so to speak.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The university is closed for now: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-kidnapping-idUSKCN10K0NC

@danshengou:
AUAF is serious about education; no one is "doing a little English" there.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nomad soul wrote:
The university is closed for now: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-afghanistan-kidnapping-idUSKCN10K0NC

@danshengou:
AUAF is serious about education; no one is "doing a little English" there.



Serious or not, the point is one would be silly to go there for that kind of salary, especially in the wake of the kidnappings and closure. All this means even more restrictions (for better or worse) for those already on contract there. You have to ask why someone would want to teach English there. Whatever the reason, I hope it's not for the money.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uh, my comment was solely about the quality of instruction/education at AUAF and nothing more.

As for choosing to teach in a danger zone or amid socio-political instability, I had personal, non-monetary reasons for doing so, despite the danger. I have never regretted that decision. You can label it as silly, but for some, such decisions aren't taken lightly nor made overnight. Those who do sign on just for the danger pay or whatever high salary usually don't last long. Besides, astute recruiters and interviewers try to screen out those applicants up front.

Right now, the focus is on the safe return of the two kidnapped victims.
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