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Released Syrian hostage thankful for world's support

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:27

After two years of captivity in Syria, American writer Peter Theo Curtis has thanked all the ''brave, determined and big-hearted people'' who helped coordinate his release. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Peter Theo Curtis emerged from his mother's house, a grateful man, thankful to the people who helped free him from captivity in Syria. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RELEASED HOSTAGE PETER THEO CURTIS WALKS UP TO MICROPHONE, SAYING: "First of all, I want to thank you all for coming out here on this beautiful Wednesday morning. In the days following my release on Sunday, I have learned bit by bit that there have been literally hundreds of people, brave, determined and big-hearted people all over the world working for my release. 45 year old Curtis, had been held for two years by an insurgent group called the Nusra Front in Syria. Working with allies in Qatar, the US government was able to secure his release and his return home on Tuesday. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RELEASED HOSTAGE PETER THEO CURTIS WALKS UP TO MICROPHONE, SAYING: "I had no idea that so much effort was being expended on my behalf. Now, having found out, I am overwhelmed with emotion. I'm also overwhelmed with one other thing and that is that total strangers have been coming up to me, saying 'hey, we're just glad you're home, welcome home, glad you're home, glad you're safe, great to see you'. I suddenly remember how good the American people are and what kindness they have in their hearts. To all those people, I say a hugh thank you from my heart, from the bottom of my heart." Curtis says his focus now is recovery.

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Released Syrian hostage thankful for world's support

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 01:27