Hostage thought terrorists were joking when they said Trump was president

Canadian Joshua Boyle, his American wife Caitlan Coleman, and their three children were rescued Wednesday by the Pakistani military after five years of being held hostage in Afghanistan by forces linked to the Haqqani terrorist network. Boyle spoke briefly on Saturday to the Toronto Star about the family’s time in captivity and shared one particular horror delivered by their captors: the news that Donald Trump was the president of the United States.

Boyle explained that they were largely deprived of access to news and information for five years:

And then there was the devastating boredom during five years spent almost entirely without books, newspapers or movies — allowed only a slate and a piece of chalk. Boyle said that when they once asked for something to read or anything to relieve the tedium, the kidnappers returned with a pile of dirty dishes to wash.

Earlier this year, one of the captors ordered Boyle to film a “proof-of-life” video for President Trump. Boyle filmed the video but thought the comment about the mentally crippled reality television star was a joke. “It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious,” he said.

Just wait until Boyle hears about the McDonald’s sauce thing.

[Toronto Star | photo: AP]

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