Taliban hostage says she was beaten, raped by captors
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An American woman who was held captive by the Taliban said her hostage-takers beat and raped her when she attempted to defend her children.

“She had a broken cheekbone,” the woman’s husband, Joshua Boyle, told ABC News

“She actually broke her own hand punching one of them. She broke her fingers, so she was very proud of that injury.”


The Taliban’s Haqqani Network took Boyle and his wife, Caitlan Coleman Boyle, captive in 2012, according to the report. Caitlan had three children during the five years they were held hostage.

Caitlan Boyle also said she experienced a “forced abortion” during her time in captivity. Two males also raped her in retaliation for her efforts to inform their supervisors of the incident, Caitlan Boyle said.  

“They just kept saying that this will happen again if we don’t stop speaking about the forced abortion, that this happened because we were trying to tell people what they had done, and that it would happen again,” she told the news outlet.

The couple, along with their children, was freed in October by the Pakistani military, but ABC noted that the particulars surrounding the effort to free the hostages are still not clear.

The husband and wife told the news outlet that they are already publicly talking about the experience so their captors will face justice.

“Our focus is on trying to hold accountable those who have committed grave human rights violations against us and against others,” said Joshua Boyle.