Thank You from Laura Ling

Laura Ling has written a brief “thank you” message that she would like to share with all of those who signed the Care2 petition calling for her and Euna Lee’s release from North Korea. All of us at Care2 are overjoyed to be able to share this message with you!

Dear Friends,

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.  You were a part of this incredible movement and for that I will be forever thankful.

Through the letters that I was able to receive, I learned about the many beautiful vigils, the website, the 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,


This post is a personal message of thanks from freed U.S. journalist Laura Ling to everyone who signed the Care2 petition calling for her and Euna Lee's release.

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clint espiritu

It makes me want to sign more petitions today!

Amy White
Amy White4 years ago

You say the truth... There are lots of journalists still imprisonned out there, however, that's good to see nothing is impossible with people signing a mere petition.

Kelly L.
Kelly Levans5 years ago

This is great. I hope many more things like this occur in the future. It's incredible what people can do when they get together.

Jessica K.
Jessica K.5 years ago

Laura, I am glad you and Euna are home safe and sound.

charmaine c.
Charmaine C.5 years ago

Welcome home to you both..:o)))

Amen Sigala
amen Sigala6 years ago

David K, absolutly, they should have impeached Bush instead !

Irvn R.
Irvn R.6 years ago

Right on xxx lotsa love, and keep writing~! let us all be aware of avoidable suffering

Sue Geldof
Sue Geldof6 years ago

So glad your both well and at home!

Susan Suni Ibarra
Susan Ibarra6 years ago

It was so good to see you both touch American soil again!!!!!!!
I'm SO sorry for the terrible, hard lesson!!!!!!

David K.
David K.6 years ago

Actually, it's good to see them BOTH home...