Blog | Homecoming: American Joyful, Relieved to Be Back Home After Long Ordeal

Plane carrying Jimmy Carter and Aijalon Gomes arrives in Boston from North Korea.

All photos: The Carter Center/D. Hakes

After seven months imprisoned in North Korea, American teacher Aijalon Gomes was reunited with his family this afternoon at Boston Logan Airport. The Carter Center delegation’s plane landed at 2 p.m. today. President Carter embarked last Tuesday on a humanitarian mission to obtain Gomes’ release after he was arrested last January and subsequently sentenced to eight years of hard labor and fined about $600,000. After two days of talks, President Carter and other delegates from The Carter Center left Pyongyang Friday morning to accompany Mr. Gomes for the flight home.

The family of Aijalon Gomes greets Jimmy Carter.

Aijalon Gomes embraces Jimmy Carter.

Aijalon Gomes is embraced by his family after arriving in Boston.

Aijalon Gomes is embraced by his family upon arrival in Boston Aug. 27. Read the Gomes family statement >

Jimmy Carter with Aijalon Gomes and his family.

Read Statement from The Carter Center on President Carter’s Mission to North Korea >>

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