I am so happy to be writing this post. The news has just broken – former President Bill Clinton’s mission to North Korea was a success, and U.S. journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling have been pardoned by North Korean officials. Euna Lee and Laura Ling will be coming home.
According to the BBC News, the official North Korean News Agency (KCNA) issued a statement saying,”Kim Jong-il issued an order… granting a special pardon to the two American journalists who had been sentenced to hard labour.” ABC News is reporting the journalists may board a plane for home as early as tonight.
Thank you to the tens of thousands of Care2 members around the world who signed petitions calling for Euna and Laura’s release. Thank you to the tireless volunteers who never let the world forget that these two courageous women have been imprisoned in North Korea since March 17th of this year, simply for doing their jobs as journalists reporting on the issue of human trafficking along the North Korea – China border.
Leave your comments – we’ll share all with the volunteers in touch with the families of Euna Lee and Laura Ling.
UPDATE: Read a statement from the families at http://www.lauraandeuna.com/
UPDATE: Laura Ling’s statement from the airport with Bill Clinton and Al Gore:
UPDATE: Euna Lee and Laura Ling return home and reunite with their families – Euna gets to see her daughter!
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