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After being held captive by the Taliban for over three years, Australian professor Timothy Weeks has finally been released, along with his American colleague, Kevin King. Weeks described his time in captivity as a “long and torturous ordeal,” but said he never gave up hope that he would eventually be rescued.
“The time that I spent as a hostage with the Taliban has had a profound and unimaginable effect on me,” said Timothy Weeks, speaking at a press conference. “I struggle to find words to express just how completely this has changed me. At times, I felt as if my death was imminent and that I would never return to see those that I love again. But, by the will of God, I am here. I am alive and I am safe and I am free. There is nothing else in the world that I need.”
Weeks - New - South - Wales - Australia
Timothy Weeks is from New South Wales in Australia and was teaching at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul. He had been teaching for only a few weeks when he and his colleague, Kevin King, were kidnapped outside the university after finishing their evening classes. King (who at the time of the press conference was still undergoing treatment) was just shy of his sixtieth birthday, while Weeks was in his late forties.
Weeks told reporters that it had always been a dream of his to go to Afghanistan, in part because of stories his grandmother used to tell him. He said, “I saw it as a wonderful opportunity.” But after he was kidnapped, “Life as I had known it ceased to exist.”
King - Hostages - Weeks - Captors - Locations
While he and King were hostages, Weeks said their captors moved them around to different, remote locations within Afghanistan and Pakistan. Access to medical care was limited, and they were kept in small...
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