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Euna Lee writes about life after North Korean prison [Updated]

August 12, 2009 |  9:15 am

Eunalee In a thank-you letter to supporters, U.S. journalist Euna Lee says she has been working through a wish list she drew up while detained for nearly five months in North Korea with colleague Laura Ling.

“What have I done… hmm… let’s see,” she writes in the letter posted Tuesday on the women’s website. “I made scrambled eggs with [daughter] Hana, I walked around the neighborhood with [husband] Michael and Hana after dinner, I combed Hana’s hair and dressed her for school, I danced and jumped with Hana, I went to a cafe and had a very happy time with Michael listening to his life and shared mine, I went to church and was able to sing unto the Lord."

She says Hana, who spent most of last week’s airport arrival ceremony in Lee’s arms, is still a bit nervous about her mother returning to work.

“She told me today ‘Mommy, when I ask you to leave (she meant ‘come home’), please come home to me,’ ” Lee writes. “She told Doorie (one of my cats) ‘Doorie, if you don’t listen, Mommy will go to the airport.’ ”

Although Lee says she has been reading some of the blogs and news articles that were written while the women were in captivity, she hasn’t been able to get to them all “because I know that once I started to read them I would get caught up in all the love and support everybody gave me and I will neglect my family.”

“Again, I am blessed to have such support from everybody who participated, and I won’t forget your love,” she wrote, “and I just want to say, 'I love you too.'”

[Updated at 3:50 p.m.: Ling added her thanks in a separate letter posted on the site today.

“In times of extreme darkness and depression, I thought of all of the people, united together, sending us messages of love and hope. I envisioned the light of the candles at the vigils and it brightened my soul,” she wrote. “I would not be here today, home and free, reunited with my family (my sister is actually asleep on the couch right by my side), if not for the support from so many extraordinary people.”]

Read the full letter here.

-- Alexandra Zavis

Photo: Freed U.S. journalist Euna Lee holds her daughter, Hana, after Lee's arrival Aug. 5 from North Korea at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP/Getty Images

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