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Berends Released from Custody in Nigeria; Heads Home to New York

By Tom White

Documentary filmmaker Andrew Berends, who had been arrested and detained by Nigerian authorities for most of last week, was released Tuesday and is on his way home, according to the blog that's been maintained during his ordeal.
Among the US senators who were instrumental in securing Berends' release include Hillary R. Clinton (D-New York) and Charles Schumer (D-New York), as well as Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Russ Feingold (D-WI), Robert Casey (D-PA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and John Kerry (D-MA).
However, Samuel George, Berends' translator, has to report to State Security Services Wednesday. Given the crucial role that translators play in facilitating the work of journalists and documentary makers, the Berends story is not over. Keep checking for updates on George-and thank the aforementioned Senators for their efforts.