Family, Friends Relieved That Journalist Peter Theo Curtis Has Been Freed From Syria
Before journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley was killed by Islamic militants, he devised a way to get a letter to his family. He asked a fellow hostage to memorize his words, and deliver them upon her release.
Foley’s family posted his last letter Sunday night. In it, he writes: “I have had weak days and strong days. We are so grateful when anyone is freed; but of course we yearn for our own freedom.”
The family of scholar and journalist Peter Theo Curtis is feeling that profound gratitude upon news last night that Curtis, who had been taken hostage in 2012 by Syria’s Al Nusra Front, has been released. Curtis grew up in Massachusetts and holds a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts.
Family members say they don’t know when Curtis will return to the United States. He is now in Tel Aviv receiving medical care.
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- “My understanding was that he’s being taken to Tel Aviv and given further health examinations and then he’s going to be flying back to Boston, maybe [Monday] or maybe [Tuesday] — I’m not sure; we don’t know.”
- “Curtis’s 22 months in captivity were kept from the public at his family’s request since he was nabbed near the Syrian border in October 2012 by Al Nusra Front, one of the groups seeking to topple President Bashir Assad of Syria.”
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