Journalist Peter Theo Curtis landed at Logan Airport on Tuesday and returned to his mother’s home in Cambridge after spending two years in captivity in Syria.
Curtis, 45, made a statement Wednesday morning thanking those who provided him a warm welcome home, adding that he was “overwhelmed” by the idea of US officials working for two years to obtain his release from al-Nusra Front, the Sunni extremist group that took him hostage in the fall of 2012.
According to The Boston Globe, Curtis was released into the custody of United Nations officials on Sunday near the Golan Heights. He was given a medical examination, determined to be in good condition, and transferred to the United States.
Curtis’ mother, Nancy, also released a statement Tuesday night, saying that she was “overwhelmed with relief.” She described the occasion as “sober,” however, referring to a video released last week that showed the graphic execution of New Hampshire-based journalist James Foley. “My heart goes out to the other families who are suffering,” Curtis added in her statement.
In his statement Wednesday, Curtis told the press that in time he would open up and share his story. But for now, he asked for privacy so that he could “bond with his mother and his family.” Cambridge police cars could be seen blocking off the end of the street near his mother’s home.