Laura Ling wrote the following letter to everyone who did anything towards getting her and Euna Lee released from North Korea:
While in detention in North Korea, isolated and scared, one of the things that gave me strength and sustained my faith was hearing about the groundswell of support for Euna and me…. Through the letters that I was able to receive, I learned about the many beautiful vigils, the LauraandEuna.com website, the Care2 petition, the Facebook group, and all the other grassroots efforts to bring us home. I am deeply humbled.
In times of extreme darkness and depression, I thought of all of the people, united together, sending us messages of love and hope. I envisioned the light of the candles at the vigils and it brightened my soul. I would not be here today, home and free, re-united with my family (my sister is actually asleep on the couch right by my side), if not for the support from so many extraordinary people. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Words cannot adequately express my profound gratitude.
While my experience was the most challenging time of my life, I do believe that something beautiful came out of it, and that is the way in which so many people united around a cause for hope and peace. I’d like to share with you an entry from my journal that I kept during my time in captivity:
Thursday, June 11, 2009 Day 87, 3:00 PM : I’ve been so overwhelmed and touched by the outpouring of support from so many people. Loved ones, friends, people I haven’t been in contact with in ages, and even total strangers. It makes you have faith in humanity. I hope that I would be as good of a friend or human to someone else in a similar situation.
Euna and I are two of the lucky ones whose story of captivity resulted in a happy ending. But there are so many journalists imprisoned around the world whose fate is still undecided. It is my sincere hope that the energy ignited around bringing us home will be harnessed into raising awareness around these fellow journalists and their struggle for freedom.
With all my love and gratitude,
A good organization working to secure freedom for journalists imprisoned around the world is the Committee to Protect Journalists.