The ex-hostage in Afghanistan Joshua Boyle tells of the murder of his daughter and the rape of his wife
The ex-hostages Caitlan Coleman (L) and her husband Joshua Boyle, on a screenshot provided by Site Intelligence Group, October 12, 2017
The former hostage Joshua Boyle accused her abductees, the Haqqani network affiliated with the Taliban, of killing her daughter and raping her wife, American Caitlan Coleman.
“The stupidity and evil of the Haqqani networks kidnapping a pilgrim and his pregnant wife, who have come to help simple villagers in the Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan, have been eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of allowing the murder of my daughter Boyle, martyr Boyle, because of my repeated refusal to accept an offer that criminal criminals from the Haqqani network had made me, “said Joshua Boyle.
Reading a text prepared in front of the cameras, the former Canadian hostage, on the verge of tears, indicated that the consequence of his refusal had led “to the rape afterwards of (his) woman, not as a solitary action, a guard assisted by the captain of the guards and supervised by the commander of Haqqani Abu Hajar “.
Joshua Boyle said that the murder of his daughter and the rape of his wife in 2014 had been confirmed by an Afghan investigation dating from 2016.
“I certainly do not intend to allow a brutal band of criminals to dictate the future direction of my family,” he continued without specifying the demands of his abductors he had refused .
Released Wednesday in Pakistan, Joshua Boyle, his wife and three others of their children born in captivity in Afghanistan, arrived Friday evening at the Toronto airport.
He considered it important for his family to now be able to “build a secure sanctuary” that his “three surviving children will be able to call their home.” He wants to offer them, besides education, an environment in which they can “recover part of the childhood they have lost”.
Boyle said he was in Afghanistan to help “the most neglected minority in the world.”
“These ordinary villagers who live in remote areas of the Taliban-controlled territories in Afghanistan, where no NGO, humanitarian worker or government has ever managed to provide the necessary assistance,” he added.
Earlier in the evening, the Canadian government welcomed the “long awaited return” of Joshua Boyle, his wife and their three children.
“Canada has played an active role at all levels in Mr. Boyle’s file, and he will continue to support him and his family now that they have returned,” the Foreign Ministry said.
Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, who have been married since 2011, were kidnapped by the Taliban shortly after their entry in Afghanistan in 2012 and then handed over to the allied Haqqani network in Pakistan.
The hostages were released during an operation by the Pakistani armed forces after receiving intelligence from the US intelligence services.
Unlike the US military, Joshua Boyle said he did not refuse to be escorted by the Americans, but that he had expressed his desire to find his family in Canada. Joshua Boyle’s parents live 80 km southwest of the federal capital, Ottawa.
Joshua Boyle was married in 2009 to her sister Zaynab Khadr. She was involved in the defense of Omar Khadr, a Canadian captured at the age of 15 in 2002 in Afghanistan and long imprisoned in Guantanamo before his transfer and release to Canada.
On Thursday, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland assured that Joshua Boyle was “not investigated” in Canada, so he and his wife and children were expected to attend. She also assured that no ransom had been paid for the release of the five members of the Boyle family.
The former hostages had taken a commercial flight Friday morning from Islamabad to London, where they then embarked for Toronto.