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Journalist Peter Theo Curtis Grateful To Those Who Worked For His Release02:38
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Peter Theo Curtis talks with reporters outside his mother's home in Cambridge, Mass. (Charles Krupa/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Peter Theo Curtis talks with reporters outside his mother's home in Cambridge, Mass. (Charles Krupa/AP)

After being held hostage for nearly two years by the al-Qaida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra, Boston-raised journalist Peter Theo Curtis is back home.

"I have learned bit by bit that there have been hundreds of people — brave, determined and big-hearted people all over the world — working for my release. They've been working for two years on this," Curtis said outside his mother's Cambridge home in his first public comments since his release Sunday.

"I had no idea when I was in prison. I had no idea that so much effort was being expended on my behalf," he said.

This segment aired on August 27, 2014.

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