I don’t know whether the post is accurate, but the photograph appears to be authentic. It comes from the “Free Robert Park” blog, where the story line includes this:
Robert Park will be on hunger strike at the nearest place to the White House in Washington, DC, beginning sunrise on March 25th, for the release of his friend and brother in Christ, Aijalon Gomes. He begs President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton to intervene on Mr. Aijalon Gomes’s behalf.
If it is true, perhaps Robert Park will soon speak out concerning his recent ordeal as a North Korean detainee. The blog also says that Robert and Aijalon Gomes are “closest friends.”
I feel confident about the photo because of this post on the ROK Drop site. It shows a different picture, but of what appears to be the same person, identified as Aijalon Gomes. That article also says that Robert Park and Aijalon Gomes are acquainted. Here are a couple of blips from ROK Drop:
A Boston man detained in North Korea is a quiet, devout Christian so concerned about an American missionary held in Pyongyang that he was moved to tears at rallies protesting the communist regime, fellow activists said today… activists in Seoul said he was an acquaintance of Robert Park, a fellow Christian from Arizona…
It is a developing story, one that I certainly have no sway over. I am reminded of a maxim: Prayer is normally the last, but should be the first, thing we think of. Robert Park and Aijalon Gomes, I don’t know you, but I sure admire the depth of your convictions on behalf of humanity. May God continue to bless and keep you both. It may be that your reward in Heaven is considerably greater than what you have thus far endured on Earth.