Bittersweet Pictures Of Spanish Journalists Reuniting With Their Families After Six Months Of Captivity In Syria

Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova were kidnapped 194 days ago in Syria.

1. On March 30, Spain’s Defense Ministry announced that two journalists were freed after spending more than six months in captivity in Syria, and were flying back home, the Associated Press reported.

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Javier Espinosa and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova (left).

The El Mundo newspaper reported on Sunday that correspondent Javier Espinosa made contacted the paper from Turkey on March 29, where he and photographer Ricardo Garcia Vilanova were safe under military protection.

It was not clear whether the journalists had escaped or were released by the extremist who abducted the pair at a checkpoint in northeastern Syria on Sept. 16 as they were trying to leave the country.

4. This incredible photograph captures the moment Javier Espinosa first reunited with his son after being held hostage for 194 days.

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5. He also was met by his wife, Monica Garcia, and his daughter Nur.

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6. Earlier this morning his wife tweeted “pure happiness.”

Felicidad pura.

— Monica Garc໚ Prieto (@monicagprieto)
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9. El Mundo also tweeted pictures of the men’s arrival in Spain on Sunday morning.

#Ampliamos Primeras imágenes de los Espinosa y Garc໚ Vilanova a su llegada a Madrid

— EL MUNDO (@elmundoes)

Javier y Ricardo ya están en casa. El álbum con las imágenes de su llegada

— EL MUNDO (@elmundoes)

12. Syria is considered the most dangerous country in the world for journalists. Almost 30 reporters have been killed in the country since the civil war began in March 2011. Dozens more have been kidnapped, both by rebels and pro-government forces.

No hay palabras. Sólo emoción y lágrimas. Javier Espinosa y Ricardo Garc໚ están en casa. D໚ inolvidable @elmundoes

— Raúl Pi༚ (@_raulpina_)

14. There are at least nine more foreign reporters and 10 Syrian journalists still missing in Syria, the Associated Press reported.

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