Japanese Reporter Freed From Syria Describes the ‘Endless Fear’ of His al-Qaida Captivity

Japanese Reporter Freed From Syria Describes the ‘Endless Fear’ of His al-Qaida Captivity

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(TOKYO) — A Japanese journalist free of captivity in Syria mentioned he’s glad to be going dwelling after residing in “hell” for greater than three years, however is nervous about how he’ll meet up with a modified world.

Kidnapped in 2015 by al-Qaida’s department in Syria, Jumpei Yasuda was anticipated to return dwelling Thursday after he was launched and brought to Turkey this week.

“I’m so glad to be free,” he instructed Japan’s NHK tv on a flight from Antakya in southern Turkey to Istanbul. “However I’m a bit nervous about what’s going to occur to me or what I ought to do any more.”

Yasuda mentioned he felt as if he’d fallen behind the remainder of the world and was unsure the right way to catch up.

Yasuda described his 40 months in captivity as “hell” each bodily and mentally. He was saved in a tiny cell and tortured. There was a time when he was not allowed to wash for eight months.

“Day after day, I believed ‘Oh I couldn’t go dwelling once more,’ and the thought takes over my head and progressively made it troublesome for me to manage myself,” he mentioned.

Yasuda was kidnapped by the group recognized on the time as Nusra Entrance. A conflict monitoring group mentioned he was most lately held by a Syrian commander with the Turkistan Islamic Occasion, which principally contains Chinese language jihadis in Syria.

Yasuda mentioned he believed he had been moved round a couple of instances throughout his captivity however had stayed in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, the place firebombing was uncommon.

“I used to be residing in infinite concern that I’ll by no means get out of it or may even be killed,” Yasuda instructed one other Japanese broadcaster, TBS.

His launch Tuesday got here instantly as his captors drove him to the border with Turkey and dropped him off and handed over to the Turkish authorities, he mentioned.

Japanese officers say Qatar and Turkey helped within the effort for Yasuda’s launch, although their actual roles weren’t recognized.

A revered journalist who began his profession at an area newspaper, Yasuda began reporting on the Center East in early 2000s. He was taken hostage in Iraq in 2004 with three different Japanese, however was freed after Islamic clerics negotiated his launch.

His final work in Syria concerned reporting on his pal Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist who was taken hostage and killed by the Islamic State group.

Syria has been probably the most harmful locations for journalists for the reason that battle there started in March 2011, with dozens killed or kidnapped.

A number of journalists are nonetheless lacking in Syria and their fates are unknown.

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