Family of Hostage Peter Theo Curtis Waits to Be Reunited With Their Son

American journalist held captive for nearly two years is on his way home.
6:12 | 08/25/14

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Now we turn to another American family this one celebrating after two years of fear about their son. -- hostage is coming home Peter -- Curtis an American journalists taken by a terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda. As we know his sudden release in contrast to the execution of journalist James Foley. And ABC's Amy robot now has the Curtis family and one mother's message to everyone suffering tonight Amy. Good evening Diane feel Curtis is a free man tonight and while his family here in Cambridge Massachusetts is hoping he'll be home soon. After nearly two years of waiting they are taking it one day at a time. Okay -- Curtis disappeared 22 months ago today his mother describes speaking with your son for the first time since his release. What was that like. Well. It was wonderful usually he doesn't have a whole lot to say to me he's you know typical -- Hi mom -- to these fine. But he was so excited. And he missing mom. -- -- being so nice to me and -- probably in this twelve star hotel he was over the top excited. I think obviously he's he tested -- he's had been through. So much. The 45 year old freelance journalist falling into the hands of Syrian militants loyal to al-Qaeda. A different terror group in the crisis extremists who brutally murdered American James -- After nine months of silence shadow -- evidence of his whereabouts. A photo journalist who made a harrowing escape. Schering the first information about his long captivity with Curtis he escaped your son tried to follow and couldn't get through this -- there was relative to push him. Then the Stanley receiving ransom demands by email as high as 25 million dollars Samantha Power the US represented it to the UN. Connected -- family with the qatari government. A US ally which is helped communicate with the terrorist group in the past. But there was a condition imposed by the US government. No ransom could be paid the family then demanding proof of life with a question only Curtis could answer. I remembered. What was the subject if you Ph.D. dissertation. What was -- what museum did you write about. And it came back the western museum. Yes. That's -- right and nobody would know that. It's him he's alive via this weekend word that Curtis was finally free the first thing I did before -- even told my daughter was time. I I sucked on -- sent an -- -- time probably. We'll. They've been through so much together. Didn't want to hear from me at first to know what -- say they want. Look in the big time I'll probably cry. And he'll probably for the the Curtis family is extremely grateful for all those who helped Freescale but their thoughts continue to be. With the families who still are waiting for their loved ones to return home. And now we turn to another American family this one celebrating after two years of fear about their son. -- hostage is coming home Peter -- Curtis an American journalists taken by a terrorist group with links to al-Qaeda. As we know his sudden release in contrast to the execution of journalist James Foley. And ABC's Amy robot now has the Curtis family and one mother's message to everyone suffering tonight Amy. Good evening Diane feel Curtis is a free man tonight and while his family here in Cambridge Massachusetts is hoping he'll be home soon. After nearly two years of waiting they are taking it one day at a time. Okay -- Curtis disappeared 22 months ago today his mother describes speaking with her son for the first time since his police. What was that like. Well. It was wonderful usually he doesn't have a whole lot to say to me he's you know typical -- Hi mom -- to these fine. But he was so excited. And he missing mom. -- -- being so nice to me and I -- probably in this twelve star hotel he was over the top excited. I think obviously he's he tested decompress he's had been through. So much. The 45 year old freelance journalist falling into the hands of Syrian militants loyal to al-Qaeda. A different terror group in the crisis extremists who brutally murdered American James -- After nine months -- -- shadow we evidence of his whereabouts. Eight photo journalist who made a harrowing escape. -- the first information about his long captivity with Curtis he escaped your son tried to follow and couldn't get through -- there was relative to push him. Then the family receiving ransom demands by email as high as 25 million dollars Samantha Power the US represented it to the UN. Connected the family with the qatari government. A US ally which is helped communicate with the terrorist group in the past. But there was a condition imposed by the US government. No ransom could be paid the family then demanding proof of life with a question only Curtis could answer. I remembered. Plot was the subject if you Ph.D. dissertation. What was -- what museum did you write about. And it came back the western museum. Yes. That's -- right and nobody would know that. It's him he's alive via this weekend word that Curtis was finally free the first thing I did before -- even told my daughter was time. I I sucked on my sent an -- to time probably. We'll. They've been through so much together. Didn't want to hear from media first to know if they don't. Look in the big time I'll probably cry. And he'll probably prefer that. The Curtis family is extremely grateful for all those who helped -- the -- but their -- continue to be with the families who still are waiting for their loved ones to return home.

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