Another Dan Terry Tale…

This story was quoted by Kristin Wyatt in The Canadian Press today.

Dan Terry, 64, was another long Afghan veteran. A fluent Dari language speaker like his friend Little, Terry first came to Afghanistan in 1971 and returned to live here in 1980 with his wife, rearing three daughters while working with impoverished ethnic groups.

“He was a large, lumbering man — very simply a joyful man,” said his longtime friend Michael Semple, a former European Union official in Kabul. “He had no pretensions, lots of humility.”

In a Web posting, a friend, Kate Clark, recalled that in 2000, Terry was hauled off to jail by the Taliban for overstaying a visa.

“He went off good-naturedly, seeing it as a rare chance to have the time to learn Pashto,” Clark wrote on a website. “He was released from prison after a couple of weeks and then re-arrested after the authorities decided he had not served enough days. He arrived back to the prison to cheers from his fellow inmates, who were now newly found friends.”

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One Response to Another Dan Terry Tale…

  1. cookie says:

    A post by George Taylor on the Woodstock School alumni website adds more to this story: ” …Dan lowered his head and entered the prison just as any Afghan would have been required to do. Dan stayed in jail for a month — knowing he could be free if he used his influence — but rather spending the time enduring the conditions and sharing with other prisoners. When Dan left the prison, fellow inmates and prison guards cheered. He walked out of the prison, entered a neighboring country, and attended a church service. I stood beside Dan as we sang an old Methodist hymn. In the middle of the song, Dan got down on his knees, put his head against his wife’s leg and cried….To me, this was an act of extreme humility. Dan suffered through a month in an Afghan
    prison when he could probably have gone free at any time — had he just given the word. Dan did not use his position or influence. He used his hardship as a means of sharing and serving.”

    For more stories about Dan and links to articles, go to the Woodstock School alumni website.

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