Sunday, April 02, 2006
AP: Freed reporter reunited with family in Boston
By GLEN JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer -- Sunday, 21 minutes ago
BOSTON - Journalist Jill Carroll, right, was back on U.S. soil Sunday, tearfully embracing her parents and twin sister after 82 days as a hostage in that she said gave her a deep appreciation for the myriad simple joys of freedom.
"I finally feel like I am alive again. I feel so good," Carroll said. "To be able to step outside anytime, to feel the sun directly on your face -- to see the whole sky. These are luxuries that we just don't appreciate every day."
The 28-year-old Christian Science Monitor reporter arrived at Boston's Logan International Airport just after noon, and was quickly driven away in a police-escorted limousine to the newspaper's headquarters.
She didn't step out into public view, but reports on the Monitor's Web site, along with photos, showed a joyful and tearful reunion with her parents and twin sister.
Carroll has said her kidnappers confined her to a small, soundproof room with frosted windows before she was released Thursday after nearly three months in captivity.
She was seized Jan. 7 in one of Baghdad's most dangerous neighborhoods, near where a Sunni Arab official had agreed to meet her for an interview that never took place. The gunmen who abducted her killed her Iraqi translator.
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