Caitlan Coleman breaks silence: fond memories of home, frustrations with media attention

Written by Joel Shannon and Gordon Rago, York Daily Record | Oct 23, 2017 9:21 AM

Caitlan Coleman, left, appears in a video alongside her husband, Joshua Boyle, and two children. Coleman, of York County, and Boyle were captured in 2012 while in northern Afghanistan. (Photo: Submitted)

Ten days after her rescue from Taliban-linked militants, Caitlan Coleman has issued her first public statement in a series of emails to the York Daily Record. The correspondence documented her fond childhood memories and challenges adapting to her new life. 

Among her memories: Begging her father to take her to local firemen's carnivals. Ice cream. Hiking in southern York County's Nixon County Park. 

"So much of my childhood and even 20s were spent in York county, it has shaped me, and my fond memories helped to brighten some of the dark days," Coleman wrote in an email Saturday. 

The email was attributed to the "Boyle Family," and followed an email exchange initiated by Joshua Boyle, Caitlan's Canadian husband.

An email correspondence from Boyle said that he believed Coleman would enjoy speaking on memories of home.

Recent media stories have stated that Coleman has yet to speak out herself.

In an email sent Saturday night, Caitlan said she prefers to be called Caitlan Boyle.

After their release, Coleman, Boyle and their children flew to Canada where Boyle is from.  

Boyle has made several public statements since then, including graphic details of their ordeal in captivity.   

But the couple was clear in their correspondence: Coleman was not ready to speak on such matters. Or provide details on her recent hospitalization -- other than to say: "I hope to be discharged soon and that the Canadian medical system is doing a pretty good job taking care of me." 

She likened some interactions with the media to prison. She said attention has led to scrutiny, negativity and pressure to speak publicly before she was comfortable.  

"Why don't I have the right to just be myself and be with my husband and children?" she wrote. 

This article is part of a content-sharing partnership between the York Daily Record and WITF. 

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