Men who were previously held captive by Somali pirates and the Taliban blasted the horrific conditions reported at President Trump’s migrant detention facilities, saying even their captors offered essentials like a toothbrush and toothpaste — something a Trump official argued in court was not necessary for migrant children held in detention centers.
Journalist and author Michael Scott Moore suggested on Twitter Saturday that his treatment at the hands of Somali pirates was in many ways better than how the Trump administration thinks migrants should be treated.
Reacting to a now-viral clip of Justice Department lawyer Sarah Fabian, journalist Moore tweeted: “Somali pirates gave me toothpaste and soap.”
Somali pirates gave me toothpaste & soap. https://t.co/K8zCP3IVMm
— Michael Scott Moore (@MichaelSctMoore) June 22, 2019
The journalist was abducted by pirates in 2012 and held for more than two years. He was later released when American and German diplomats paid nearly $2 million to his captors.
After the post went viral, Moore shared a link to what he considers “the best short essay on America’s border camps.” That essay is titled: “Some Suburb of Hell: America’s New Concentration Camp System.” The former hostage also shared a link to donate money to a nonprofit providing legal assistance to immigrant families and children.
David Rohde, who was kidnapped by Taliban members in November 2008 outside Kabul, tweeted on Monday: “The Taliban gave me toothpaste & soap.”
The Taliban gave me toothpaste & soap.
— David Rohde (@RohdeD) June 24, 2019
Rohde, an online news director for The New Yorker, was held for eight months before escaping with his interpreter, Tahir Ludin, in July 2009.