Journo Thanks 'Big-Hearted' People Who Won His Release
Peter Theo Curtis says he's 'overwhelmed' to learn about efforts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 27, 2014 11:32 AM CDT
This image provided by the Curtis family shows Nancy Curtis, left, and her son, Peter Theo Curtis, right, in Boston on Aug. 26, 2014.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – American journalist Peter Theo Curtis, recently back on US soil, said in his first public remarks today that he was overwhelmed by the people who were behind efforts to secure his release from al-Nusra Front. Curtis, who was freed Sunday after 22 months in captivity, wore sandals and a gray T-shirt in his first public appearance. "I have learned bit by bit that there have been hundreds of people—brave, determined, and big-hearted people all over the world—working for my release," he said outside his mother's home in Cambridge, Mass. "They've been working for two years on this."

Curtis said he "had no idea that so much effort was being expended on my behalf" and that he's grateful for the many people, including strangers, who have welcomed him back since his return. "I suddenly remembered how good the American people are," he said. While Curtis' mother, Nancy, reiterated last night that she was "overwhelmed with relief" that her son had been returned to her, she also referenced her heartbreak about James Foley's execution. "My heart goes out to the other families who are suffering," she said. Meanwhile, US freelance journalist Austin Tice of Houston disappeared in Syria in August 2012 and is still believed to be held by the Syrian government.

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Russell's Teapot
Sep 4, 2014 2:50 AM CDT
Just like the other two liberal morons he too will keep going back until ..... you know. Why are liberals so stupid?
Bo Honk
Aug 27, 2014 1:50 PM CDT
Plans to spend the rest of his life buying hats.
finkster
Aug 27, 2014 11:54 AM CDT
"Back in America. Right back where I belong!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTUq8r-RGdM