Update on American couple held for years by Taliban

    A woman in a berka, a bearded man, and two children; American and Canadian

    Caitlan Coleman and Joshua Boyle with their children were rescued by Pakistani forces and are returning to Canada (image via youtube)

    On July 4, 2012, Caitlan Coleman and her husband, Joshua Boyle, left their York County home for what was supposed to be a four-month journey through the central Asian countries of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. 

    But they were captured by a branch of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

    In October, Philadelphia magazine assistant news director Holly Otterbein documented the couple’s plight. Public outcry and official efforts to free Coleman and Boyle have been in surprisingly short supply. 

    Earlier this month, a video surfaced of the couple and their two young sons, pleading for U.S. help to obtain their freedom.  Those close to the couple hope that either the Obama administration in its last days or the incoming Trump administration will finally take action. 

    Otterbein recounted the story and these new developments with NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller. 

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Help us get to 100% of our membership goal to support the reporters covering our region, the producers bringing you great local programs and the educators who teach all our children.