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The following is the full text of Gracia Burnham's statement upon arriving at the Kansas City airport Monday.

Good afternoon. It's good to be home. I want everyone to know that I'm fine. Several minutes ago I was reunited with my children and my family, and I think this must be one of the happiest moments of my whole life.

We want to thank each and every one of you for every time you remembered us in prayer. We needed every single prayer during our ordeal in the jungle. We know there were countless of you who don't even know us who prayed and offered support also, and we thank you.

I would like to thank Rep. Todd Tiahrt and Sen. Sam Brownback and for helping my family and being such a support during this difficult time.

During our ordeal, we were repeatedly lied to by the Abu Sayyaf, and they are not men of honor. They should be treated as common criminals. We support all U.S. government efforts in assisting the Philippines in ridding that country of terrorism.

A very bad thing happened to Martin and I when we were taken hostage, but we want everyone to know that God was good to us every single day of our captivity. Martin was also a source of strength to all the hostages. He was a good man, and he died well.

Again, it's good to be home. Keep praying for me and my kids as we begin to rebuild our lives. And thank you.

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