Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Euna and Laura are Home


This morning was one of the more emotional mornings that I have encountered in quite a while. Several months back the San Diego Asian Film Foundation assisted in putting together a vigil for the two journalists who were captured on the border of North Korea. I remember working on the Audio/Video set-up and trying to work the phone call with Lisa Ling and Lee Ann Kim. The day was difficult for me, but not nearly as difficult as it was for Euna and Laura, and thinking of them and what their families had to endure was motivation for me to say prayers every night for them and to ensure that the vigil engaged the community.

Now, here we are: August 5th, 2009 and in the early morning where Laura Ling and Euna Lee were reunited with their families. The tears came down almost instantly; Euna's daughter held her mama really tight as if she did not want her to leave her side again. Laura was composed and strong and her words helped all of us understand what she and Euna were going through.

What I wanted to say is that I am grateful to all who had the women in their prayers and all of the volunteers and those who assisted with the vigil. Our collective hearts, thoughts, and prayers have gotten us to this point where we can see Laura and Euna with their families again. Also, thank you to Bill Clinton for going to North Korea and securing their release.

Photo credit: (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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