Matthew Schrier was 45 minutes from escaping Syria when he was taken hostage by Al Qaida. The freelance photographer who had gone to the war torn country to document the fighting went through torture, interrogations and robbery including at the hands of Canadians.
It was what he found when he escaped and got back home that has left him shocked.
Among those revelations, items bought with his credit card while he was a hostage were shipped to an address in Montreal.
Despite working with the RCMP, those responsible have never been charged.
He just released his memoir titled, The Dawn Prayer (Or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison): A Memoir.
Matthew’s story is shocking, horrifying, amazing and uplifting all at the same time. I interviewed him on my radio show, Beyond the News on Newstalk 580 CFRA. You can hear the interview below.
What will shock you is not only how Canadians were involved but also why not a single person has been charged. Hint: It isn’t the fault of the Mounties.
I’ve been obsessing a bit over Matthew’s story and will have him on the radio show again to explain more, especially the problems with the FBI’s investigation into his case.
What shocked me is that I had never heard his story before. He had spoken to many media outlets in the past, including CBC, see their report from 2015 below.
But now that his book is out, many media outlets are taking a pass on speaking to a man with a truly fascinating story.
Here is Matthew’s appearance on Fox News a week ago with a focus on the American side of the investigation.
Here he is giving a Ted Talk in 2016.
And here is the story of Matthew and the Canadian connections from CBC in late November 2015.