Canadian Journalist held by Taliban Phones Toronto's 'The Globe'
Toronto's Globe and Mail published an exclusive Monday night, on Beverly Giesbrecht, the Canadian being held held hostage by Taliban. They claim to have spoken to her briefly by satellite telephone today.
“Please tell me what the Canadian embassy and the Pakistani government are doing to get me out of here,” she said in the call, which seemed arranged and controlled by her captors.
Ms. Giesbrecht did not respond to questions, but repeatedly pleaded for help and said her health is deteriorating because of the conditions in which she is being held.
Her voice was extremely weak.
“This is Beverly Giesbrecht, in Taliban captivity,” she said to introduce herself. “I don't know where I am. Somewhere on the Pak-Afghan border. Please, please help me out from here. … Please, please accept their demands. I have very few days to be killed.” The line was cut abruptly, one minute and 25 seconds after the call began.
Officials with Foreign Affairs Canada have routinely declined comment on Ms. Giesbrecht's situation, except to say her release is being sought through appropriate channels.
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