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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Light a Candle New Years day

We are asking everyone to light a candle on New Year's day and pray for the safe and speedy return of Amanda and Nigel to come home! The power of collective prayer and positive energy! Please pass this on, the more persons praying the better!! Thanks to all who have help Amanda, Nigel and their families up in prayer through the most rying time of our lives! Amanda's Mom, Lorinda


  1. Here is to hoping that Amanda makes it home quickly in 2009. Praying for a happy ending to this nightmare for the Lindhout family. Sorry that I don't have a candle to burn today, but I shall (as always since this abduction occurred) offer up prayers to God on her behalf. Hang in there family and friends of Amanda ...

    Best wishes for everyone in 2009.


    Brent Watts
    Florida, U.S.A.

  2. Amanda has been much on my heart this past week or so and I continue to pray for her for strength and courage. I pray that God will reveal Himself to her and Nigel and their captives.
    Blessings, Carol McMurdo

  3. All the best to everyone close to this brave unfortunate young journalist.

  4. Found an interesting article concerning other hostages abducted in Somalia. Hope this is of assistance. Brent Watts :-)

    Some possible good news for judging the climate for a potential release of Amanda and Nigel by their captors. This article was taken from the British news website "The Guardian" on Sunday, January 4th, 2009:


    Article by reporter Xan Rice in Nairobi, Kenya
    01 / 05 / 2009

    A British journalist and a Spanish photographer kidnapped in Somalia were released yesterday after being held in a series of caves for 40 days.

    Colin Freeman, 39, a Sunday Telegraph correspondent, and José Cendon, 34, were abducted in the northern Puntland region in November while reporting on piracy for the newspaper group. Speaking before flying out on a special charter to neighbouring Kenya yesterday, Freeman said they were "absolutely fine" and had suffered no injuries during captivity. "We survived on rice, goat meat and Rothmans," Freeman was quoted as saying on the Telegraph website. "I gave up smoking in 1992 and somehow decided now would be a good time to start up again."

    The circumstances of their release remain unclear. Puntland's security minister Abdullahi Said Samatar said local elders had secured the pair's freedom and no money had changed hands. But local journalists in the port city of Bossaso, where the men were kidnapped, claimed a large ransom was paid.

    A spokeswoman for the Telegraph, which had asked media outlets not to name the pair while they were being held, declined to comment on the claims.

    Somalia is one of the world's most dangerous countries for foreign and local journalists. Freeman and Cendon, a freelance photographer based in East Africa, hired gunmen to protect them while they reported on the surge in pirate attacks on ships off the Somali coast. But the bodyguards appear to have betrayed them.

    They were seized while travelling to the airport to board a flight home on 26 November and taken to a mountainous area south-west of Bossaso. The kidnappers moved the journalists between different caves to avoid discovery by rival gangs and the Puntland authorities.

    The Telegraph yesterday singled out Spain's ambassador to Kenya for praise in helping negotiate the pair's release.

    Kidnappers are still holding two freelance journalists, an Australian man and a Canadian woman, who were abducted near the capital Mogadishu in August. Murray Watson, a 69-year-old Briton seized by gunmen in April while working on an aerial survey for the UN, is also unaccounted for.

  5. I am going to assume that all efforts are being made behind close I am shoked by the lack of attention that their plight has recieved.