Caitlan Coleman, 31, American with her husband, Joshua Boyle, a Canadian, and their two children appears on a video which was made public. The couple is dressed in Afghani cloths and children appear healthy but purely Afghani children.
Ms. Coleman appeal to Obama, “Please don’t become the next Jimmy Carter,” said Caitlan Coleman, “Just give the offenders something so they and you can save face so we can leave the region permanently.”
Caitlan Coleman in Afghani black Burge apparently read from a paper which said to do what Haqqani network wants. Haqqani network, which has held the couple since late 2012 and is a Taliban faction, demand the Afghans to release its senior commander who is Anas Haqqani.
NDS (National directorate security) of Afghan government captured Anas Haqqani in 2014 and court sentenced him to death. Now, after two years, Haqqani network want to see him safe in order to make release the couple.
Not only the couple, but also their children. Ms. Coleman was pregnant when she was backpacking with her husband in Wardak province, just miles away from Kabul and one of the most insecure with active armed Haqqani network members. Their Children were born in captivity and now seem truly like those children in Wardak province with dirty faces and old cloths.
She continued talking, “We understand both sides hate us and are content to leave us and our two surviving children in these problems.”
She described the problems as “Kafkaesque”, “My children have seen their mother defiled.” said Ms. Coleman.
Her husband sitting beside Ms. Coleman appears in old dirty pull of Afghans with long Afghani mustaches spoke briefly. “They really will not settle this until they get what they are demanding,” Mr. Boyle said.
Until then, it seems they will harm them. “Indeed they threaten to retaliate against our family,” she said. “The group will do us harm and punish us. So we ask that you are merciful to their people and God willing, they will release us.”
God willing is not something that might work and It is not clear what they will do with them. Of course they are not alone. It’s believed that Haqqani network hold hostages at least two other Americans, including a university professor kidnapped in August and a Massachusetts man taken in 2014.