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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Alberta journalist held hostage in Somalia believed to be fine

An Alberta journalist being held hostage in somalia is reportedly fine and being treated well, despite the fact more than a month has passed since the ransom deadline for her release.
Some talks are going on between local authorities and the group that kidnapped Sylvan Lake freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout, Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan and Somali fixer and photojournalist Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, but things are moving slowly, said Leonard Vincent, Africa desk chief of Paris-based reporters without Borders. "What we can confirm is they are fine, in the same place and in the hands of the same group."
Canadian authorities are working hard to free Lindhout, Vincent added.
The trio were taken at gunpoint in August. In September, the kidnappers demanded $2.5 million in exchange for their release. The deadline passed in October.


  1. Friday, December 12th, 2008

    Well this is GREAT news ... and I do hope that it becomes even GREATER news with the imminent release of Amanda, Nigel, and their Somali "fixer".

    Praying that they make it home to their respective countries and into the arms of their loving family, friends, and supporters. Hoping that this news somewhat assuages the anxiety that their families have been dealing with since August 23rd, 2008.


    "Hang in there" to the Lindhouts and Brennans.


    Brent Watts
    Florida, USA

    P.S. - Keep up the good work on this site and the Facebook page, Terry. :-)

  2. Thanks for the update. Its hard to find anything on this situation. My heart goes out to the families and I wish them strength at this time. Keep posting whatever info you get as we have Amanda & Nigel at the forefront of our minds. Lets hope this all ends well and very SOON!!
    Keep believing in positive thoughts.

    Barry St.Albert AB

  3. Let's hope the Alberta and Canada
    governments keep working hard on getting
    Amanda out. This should be
    a top priority until she
    is free. I have met her grandfather
    and she comes from a strong family.

  4. Friends and family of AL & NB should focus their attention of getting the Canadian and Australian governments to cooperate and agree strategy. This is THE most important thing everyone can do. That and err stop posting stuff on the web, the kidnappers are using Google Alerts to monitor the results of their psychological marketing

  5. Saturday, December 20th, 2008

    A reply to "Anonymous" who posted a comment on December 19, 2008 12:09 PM:

    First off, I have to STRONGLY disagree with you regarding your advice: "That and err [sic] stop posting stuff on the web, the kidnappers are using Google Alerts to monitor the results of their psychological marketing".

    IF we were to stop posting our thoughts and prayers, concerns and fears, and fond memories and interactions with Amanda, Nigel, and the Somali fixer (sorry, I keep forgetting his name ... I know that he has loved ones who are affected by his abduction as well), by giving credence to your suggestion to "stop posting stuff on the web", then they [the hostage takers] would be ABDUCTING US AS WELL. We would become hostages to their manipulations.

    No way is that going to happen as long as Amanda, Nigel, and the Somalian are not free. Too many people have been affected by this case. And what is so unfortunate is that the media has pretty much dropped it from their radar screens ... it has drifted off into the distance. It is up to us to keep it from falling into oblivion. The individuals who faithfully post to this blog or via the Facebook fourm dedicated to this case, are refusing to be manipulated by the thugs who have kidnapped Amanda, Nigel, and the Somalian.

    Terry, who put this blog together, has been instrumental in keeping that flame of hope alive for all of us out here in cyberspace who are pulling for everyone involved and affected by this geopolitical event. To not post information, pictures, video, etc. of Amanda would be a mistake. Terry and the other person who is the administrator of the Facebook forum (sorry once again, I do not remember the individual's name), deserve accolades for taking the initiative to establish a clearing house / conduit for information dedicated to discussion, news dissemination, and potential routes that we may take with regard to petitioning the governements (or special interest groups) involved in this case.

    So what if the hostage takers are possibly using Google Alerts to monitor the effect of their actions upon those involved with trying to bring a swift and safe conclusion to this ongoing event. So bloody what. We are countering that possiblity by being a beacon of hope ... who knows, maybe even by having these sites, we have somehow aided in keeping harm from coming to Amanda, Nigel, and the Somalian. If they are aware that their hostages are of value to other people, then maybe, just maybe, there might be a glimmer of humanity or empathy in one or more of the abductors to realize that their captives have loved ones as well and that they are not just "pawns" in this political game. Just maybe.

    So in conclusion here, I will have to once again extend my sincere gratitude to Nigel, the Facebook admin., Amanda and Nigel's families, friends, colleagues, and fellow compatriots who are keeping that hope alive. May they come home safely and swiftly, and may God bring this to a happy conclusion.


    Brent Watts

  6. Four months .... August 23rd to December 23rd, 2008. Four months in captivity. Thoughts and prayers going out to Amanda and her family at this time. Please keep hope alive.

    Take care,

    Brent Watts

  7. Sad to hear that Amanda was raped daily.
    It is too bad her captors cannot be
    bought to justice.