American Journalist relieved to be back on American soil.
Recently freed journalist Peter Theo Curtis made a brief statement blocks away from his house. He first thanked everyone who helped him get back to America but asked for time to be alone with his family. “In the future, I promise I will respond to your emails,” he told the reporters outside his home. “I will be present, and I will help you do your jobs.”
‘I’m overwhelmed by emotion. I’m overwhelmed that total strangers are coming up to me saying, ‘we are glad you are back. Glad you are safe. Great to see you.’ – Peter Theo Curtis
Curtis appeared with a new clean-shaven face and was grateful that people were interested in his story. “At the same time, I have to bond with my mother and my family now,” he said. “I cannot give you an interview.” Curtis said that this morning he had just learned about the hundreds of “brave, determined and big-hearted people” all over the world who worked for his release.
‘I’m overwhelmed by emotion. I’m overwhelmed that total strangers are coming up to me saying, ‘we are glad you are back. Glad you are safe. Great to see you.’ So i suddenly remember how good the American people are and what kindness they have in their hearts. And to all those people I say a huge thank you from my heart. From the bottom of my heart. Now I am so grateful that you are expressing all this interest in me. At the same time, I have to bond with my mother and my family now,” said Curtis.
Curtis was released Sunday and arrived in America on Tuesday. His release comes just days after ISIS’s beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley. Curtis spent 22 months imprisoned by Al-Qaida afilliate al-Nusra. He thanked the countless people who have greeted him since his return back to America. “Total strangers have been coming up to me and telling me, ‘Welcome home,'” Curtis said.
Both U.S. and Qatar officials had been working for his release. Extremists turned him over to United Nations representatives in a section of Syria controlled by Israel. Curtis did not give time for any questions or do interviews but promised he would do so in the future.