We read about the Canadian man and his American wife who were last week freed, finally, from being held in Afghanistan where they’d been imprisioned for five years.
The pair, Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman, were expecting a child when they were first abducted by the Taliban-linked extremist group Haqqani while in Afghanistan as part of a backpacking trip.
We watched Boyle emerge at Toronto airport, pale under fluorescent lights, telling reporters how his wife was raped at the hands of their captors and that their fourth child born in captivity, a daughter, was murdered by the Haqqani network.
Coleman had three children while imprisoned, before she and her family of five were freed by Pakistani fighters.
But what about those children? We’ve heard next to nothing about them.
The three children – aged four, two and two months – were born in the darkness. In a place of war and terror and heartache. Where their parents weren’t free to walk in the village, or buy them ice cream, or race them down the street to the neighbour’s front steps.
“We have reached the first true home that the children have ever known, after they spent most of Friday asking if each subsequent airport was our new house,” Boyle told the CBC News on Saturday.
Photographs have emerged of Boyle and his eldest son, Najaeshi Jonah, enjoying the outdoors at Boyle's parents' house in Ontario, Canada in the days since their release.
"[Najaeshi] is exuberant. Honestly, freedom seems to have cured half his ills instantly, he's running around examining all the gifts compiled over the years," Boyle said.
"He is examining Post-it notes, and curtains, and paints, and boardgames, remote controls. Everything in the house is a wonderland to him."