To the Editors:

The sentencing of Bowdoin alumnus Aijalon Gomes '01 after his conviction on unspecified charges relating to his crossing of the North Korean border has shocked the consciences of U.S. diplomats, students of law and people of all faiths during the past week.

Even as Massachusetts lawmakers led by Senator Kerry and the U.S. State Department negotiate for his immediate release, a grassroots effort has formed aimed at freeing him and demanding answers from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) on the cruelly severe sentence imposed. The e-mail box has been opened to collect messages of support, hope, prayer and encouragement for Mr. Gomes while he is in captivity. Let's use our voices to work for Aijalon Gomes' freedom and write to


Michael Cavendish

Jacksonville, Florida