Sunday, April 2, 2006

A Time for Healing

Jill Carroll: "I'm so happy to be free and am looking forward to spending a lot of time with my family. I want to express my deep appreciation to all the people who worked so long and hard for my release. I am humbled by the sympathy and support expressed by so many people during my kidnapping."

"Thank you, all of you."

"Things that I was forced to say while captive are now being taken by some as an accurate reflection of my personal views. They are not.

"The people who kidnapped me and murdered Allan Enwiya are criminals, at best. They robbed Allan of his life and devastated his family. They put me, my family and my friends—and all those around the world, who have prayed so fervently for my release—through a horrific experience. I was, and remain, deeply angry with the people who did this."

"I want to be judged as a journalist, not as a hostage. I remain as committed as ever to fairness and accuracy—to discovering the truth—and so I will not engage in polemics. But let me be clear: I abhor all who kidnap and murder civilians, and my captors are clearly guilty of both crimes."

"Now, I ask for the time to heal. This has been a taxing 12 weeks for me and my family. Please allow us some quiet time alone, together."

Full Jill Carroll statement

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