Parents of Linda Norgrove travel to Afghanistan for a new BBC ALBA documentary

John & Lorna Norgrove at home in Uig Copyright - Elly Welch
John & Lorna Norgrove at home in Uig Copyright - Elly Welch

THE parents of a Scottish aid worker kidnapped and killed in Afghanistan will share their personal story in a new BBC ALBA documentary to be shown on the second anniversary of Linda Norgrove’s tragic death.

John and Lorna Norgrove allowed cameras access to their home on the Isle of Lewis, and to accompany them during their first trip to Afghanistan since Lorna’s passing.

The hour long documentary – Linda’s Story – has been filmed for BBC ALBA by independent company MacTV, which is also based in Linda’s home island of Lewis.

Linda, 37, was working for the American aid agency DAI International when she was kidnapped by Afghan rebels.

For two weeks her captors led her into a hostile mountain region, moving between a series of remote farmsteads. Linda was killed during a pre-dawn rescue that also saw all of her captors killed.

‘Linda’s Story’ traced the emotional journey taken by family and friends in the two years since, and their determination not to apportion blame, which has earned them international respect.

The documentary explores John and Linda’s darkest hours, when their idyllic Hebridean croft seemed indelibly cast in shadow, and their mission to set up the Linda Norgrove Foundation continuing humanitarian projects in Linda’s name, culminating in their first journey to the troubled heart of Afghanistan in March 2012.

In this often dangerous yet richly colourful land where their daughter lived and died, they meet her friends and colleagues, visit projects funded by the Foundation, and start to piece together their daughter’s life and passion for aid work.

‘Linda’s Story’ is an intimate documentary, exploring a family’s loss whilst painting a rich portrait of Linda – a high achiever, the girl who loved fun and adventure and whose zest for life lives on through her legacy in the country she loved so much, Afghanistan.

‘Linda’s Story’ will air at 9pm on Monday, October 8th, on BBC ALBA.