Recently Released Hostage Didn't Believe Trump Was Actually President

Canadian citizen Joshua Boyle has recently found freedom after being held captive in Afghanistan for five years along with his wife Caitlan Coleman and their children. 

Deprived of all contact with the outside world during that time, the family is currently readjusting to life and catching up with events from the past five years. But, of course, it's not all good news. 

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Speaking to the Toronto Star, Boyle has described the moment he was told Donald Trump had become president. Asked to make a 'proof-of-life' video for investigators, Boyle assumed his Taliban-tied captors were joking when they informed him that Trump was the 45th US head of state.

As he explains: "It didn’t enter my mind that he was being serious." He also reveals that they did not know Justin Trudeau was the prime minister of Canada until their return. 

As the Independent reports, Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, who was pregnant at the time, were kidnapped back in 2012 by Afghanistan-based Haqqani network while backpacking as "pilgrims" reportedly attempting to provide aid to remote Taliban-controlled communities. 

Boyle claims that his captors repeatedly raped Coleman and killed one of their daughters. The family was recently rescued in Pakistan following a dramatic car chase. Boyle also told reporters of how his children were adjusting to freedom, seeing toilets and meeting extended family for the first time. 

All born in captivity, the children eagerly asked if each new airport they landed in was their new home, said Boyle.