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Sunday, December 6, 2009

My point of view

If Amanda would want the domain of course I will give it her . I am not selfish and not looking my my own pocket. It will do up to her to do what she wants with it. If and when Amanda communicates with we will come to an understanding .Yes I have other blogs on "how to make money" and similar topics. but that is for my internet experience. has tought me many things, one being that if someone wants to do something good for someone else we have and need to find the bad into it.
We are people I don't blame you . In the whole 15 months of having this blog it has generated 40.00$ in revenue . Plus Google doesnt not pay when account is less than 100.00$ .Wow I became a millionnaire in 15 months I took advantage of her situation, yah right ,so far it is in google pockets, I haven't made any money of her and won't.
Just be happy that she is alive and back with her family. And as far as this blog goes When it's time to do whatever I need to do I will. The right thing will be done.

Let's live our lives with love and not jealousy or hate..

Amanda Back in Canada This Week

The canadian goverment will send a plane to get Amanda and her family back to Canada early this week.
At last she will be back on canadian grounds.

Welcome back , enjoy being back woth your family.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Free At last

Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout has been freed in Somalia after 15 months in captivity, along with Australian photographer Nigel Brennan.
In a telephone interview from Mogadishu on Wednesday afternoon, Lindhout told CTV News Channel that she had only been freed for a few hours and provided minimal details on the process that led to her release. Lindhout acknowledged that a ransom was paid to her and Brennan's kidnappers, and that money "was paid by our families."
"I believe they are taking that money and, as far as I understand, they plan on leaving the country," she told News Channel.
"It's a long story. It's been sort of going on for the last couple of weeks, and tonight finally everything came together and the men who had kidnapped us turned us over to the federal government in Somalia. They've now taken us to a hotel and it sounds like tomorrow, we'll be in Nairobi," Lindhout said.
Lindhout, originally from Sylvan Lake, Alta., and Brennan have been missing since August 23, 2008, when they were kidnapped near Mogadishu.
She remembered the day she was kidnapped and described the circumstances to CTV.
"I was going to research a story about some of the IDTs -- the internally-displaced people -- in Somalia and on our way there one morning, our vehicle was ambushed and we were taken by a group of gunmen who then proceeded to take us around the country and keep us in different houses, extremely oppressive conditions, myself and another freelance photographer from Australia (Brennan)," Lindhout said.
She said she knew little about her kidnappers.
"I don't think it was political -- you know 15 months with these men and I don't know very much about them. But I think, from the information that I've gathered, I think that it was criminals -- criminals under the guise of being freedom fighters for Somalia."
Lindhout said she was beaten and tortured while in captivity.
"It was extremely oppressive. I was kept by myself at all times. I had no one to speak to. I was normally kept in a room with a light, no window, I had nothing to write on or with. There was very little food. I was allowed to use the toilet exactly five times a day," Lindhout said.
"So, basically, my day was sitting on a corner, on the floor, 24 hours a day for the last 15 months. There were times that I was beaten, that I was tortured. It was an extremely, extremely difficult situation."
The kidnappers told her that they were beating her because the money "wasn't coming quickly enough."
"They seemed to think that if they beat me enough, then when I was able to speak to my mother - which they would put me on the line with her every couple of months - that I would be able to say the right thing to convince her to pay the ransom for me, which was $1 million.
"Of course, my family didn't have $1 million and it didn't matter what I said to them. But they didn't really understand that. They thought: She's Canadian, everyone in Canada is rich. She must have $1 million."
The phone calls to her mother were "very short and they were usually scripted on my part," Lindhout said.
"My mother wasn't allowed to ask any questions and I also wasn't allowed to say what I wanted to say. They would come to me beforehand with a pen and paper, and sort of guide me and tell me what I needed to say to her. And it was always wonderful to hear my mother's voice but the circumstances that we were talking were not very happy."
She acknowledged that she was forced to call media outlets.
"That was another one of their ideas to get money. They always had in their mind that if my family wasn't going to pay, that the government wasn't going to pay. And of course, the Canadian government does not pay ransom, but they thought that if they kept trying and using the media, that eventually the government would pay my ransom."
Lindhout believes she was held in at least 11 different houses, in Mogadishu and in areas south of the city.
She said that she never felt any sympathy for her captors, and additionally, that it is unlikely that they will be caught.
"Because Somalia is a completely lawless country, really," Lindhout said. "It would be easy for them to disappear into the country and I don't think we ever really the saw the leaders of this, so we would never be able to identify them and I think they'll be able to leave the country, which is what I think they are planning on doing easily."
Through her ordeal, Lindhout said she went through "some pretty dark moments."
"I think human beings have an enormous capacity to adjust to trying circumstances and it was the idea of coming home, a reunion with my family, that kept me going," Lindhout said.
"In that darkness, I would just try to escape in my mind to a sunny place, usually Vancouver -- in my mind -- I would imagine running around Stanley Park and things like that, and that kept me going."
Moving forward, Lindhout hopes to reunite with her family, at which point she plans to "sit down and reevaluate my whole life."
"I just want to take the next couple of months and spend it with my family."
It was only through her family's "tireless efforts," that she is still alive and has been freed from captivity, Lindhout said.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pressure on Canadian Goverment to release Amanda

According To ,
there has been a lot of pressure to our canadian goverment for her release. The goverment is trying to keep this story hush hush. We need to get her free and back to her family were she belongs.

We can do so much more for her release, What is taking the goverment so long to act? We don't know but they don't want to put her life in jeopardy.

If only the somalians could find it in them to release her.

To our goverment
please get Amanda and Nigel out of Somalia .

Thank you

Friday, October 16, 2009

So Sad But True

But still no news on Amanda and Nigel. Nobody wants to do anything to help her. We should keep on praying for them and keeping it up and they will be home.

"Pray today for Tomorrow a better day"
Post your comments and prayers

Sunday, August 23, 2009

A Canadian journalist's year in hell

Friends and family despair while Canadian government stays mum on kidnapping in Somalia

As anniversaries go, it's a bleak one – and only Amanda Lindhout herself truly knows how bleak.

It was one year ago today that the Alberta-bred journalist and two colleagues were kidnapped at gunpoint in Somalia, plucked from a road near Mogadishu.

Since then, little has been seen or heard of the 28-year-old Sylvan Lake native, aside from a mute video of her and Australian reporter Nigel Brennan kneeling before their masked and armed captors aired on Al-Jazeera television weeks after they disappeared, and a few scattered, horrifying calls to media outlets by a distraught woman claiming to be Amanda Lindhout in recent months in which she essentially pleads with the Canadian government to save her life.

'I don't know how much longer I can bear this'
AMANDA LINDHOUT, Canadian journalist being held captive in Somalia

The last was made to Omni TV three weeks ago: "I don't want to die here and I'm afraid I'll die in captivity if I don't get help soon," she sobbed, saying she was kept in shackles in a windowless room and suffering from fever, dysentery and an abscessed tooth. "I don't know how much longer I can bear this."

Just days before, the Somali news site furthered long-circulating rumours of rape by reporting that Lindhout had given birth to a baby boy and was "very contented with her marriage relationship with one of her captors."

It has also been reported that Lindhout has escaped at least twice, only to be recaptured.

She and Brennan are being held for a ransom initially set at $2.5 million (U.S.), but reportedly reduced to several other sums since. One of the journalists captured with her, a Somali, was released in January.

Lindhout's father, John, and her mother, Lorinda Stewart, have been silent, likely for fear of upsetting fragile negotiations. But on Friday, they offered a statement with the Brennan family through Reporters Without Borders.

"Together, the two families continue to work tirelessly to secure Nigel's and Amanda's safe release," it read.

"With little outside support, the families, who have been united as one throughout this horrendous ordeal, continue to do everything and anything to gain the earliest possible release for their loved ones Amanda and Nigel. Our thoughts and all our love are with Amanda and Nigel today, just as they have been for the past 365 days, and just as they will be until they are safely home with us."

If the government has made any progress towards bringing Lindhout home, it's keeping mum.

Enquiries are greeted with variations of the terse response given all year that, "Canadian authorities continue to pursue all appropriate channels to seek further information about Miss Lindhout's welfare" and will not share information that might "compromise these efforts and jeopardize the safety of a Canadian or other citizen."

Foreign Affairs spokesman Rodney Moore acknowledged this is "roughly what has been said before. ... Nevertheless, that's where we are on this and we remain there."

Rightly or wrongly, a perception of inaction on Lindhout and Brennan's case is growing – especially in cyberspace, where a Google search of "Free Amanda Lindhout" now yields more than 10,000 returns.

It's sufficient, in any case, that a Calgary-based risk-management firm, Diligence Ltd. – one of whose specialties is "kidnapping and ransom support" – was moved on Friday to hand the Department of Foreign Affairs its own extensive intelligence file on the kidnapping.

"If they decide to act on it, at least they've got some information. If they don't, then at least we tried to help. Somebody's got to do something, right? If we don't do anything, who is?" said Diligence CEO Daniel Clayton, who met Lindhout in Iraq when they were working there, and has quietly taken up her cause even though she's not a client.

"We have the location of where she is. We have a cellphone number for the group that's actually holding her. We have a lot of credible intelligence. Enough to mount a rescue if the government was so inclined."

Part of Lindhout's problem, he said, is that she's a freelancer who willingly went into a war-ravaged country where she was flatly advised by her government not to go and has neither the might nor the money of a huge corporation nor "kidnap and ransom insurance" to support her. What would be best for her situation now, he suggested, is a "high-profile visit from a Canadian diplomat, somebody like Peter MacKay or even (retired) general Rick Hillier. Government to government."

Brennan's mother recently cornered Australian Prime Minister Paul Rudd to demand he do something to free her son. But until Friday's statement, Lindhout's family had been even more silent than Foreign Affairs. Even friends had a hard time finding anything out.

"I talked to her dad on one occasion four months ago. He sounded a little bit hopeful that things were going to go down, but he couldn't tell me anything at the time," recalled Lindhout's former travelling companion, Taron Hall, reached in Vancouver. "I was trying to pry a little bit more out of him and he said, for her safety, he couldn't say anything."

Reporters Without Borders had little to add to the families' statement, but Canadian vice-president Dennis Trudeau did remark it was "strange" that this kidnapping had taken so long to resolve.

"In the past, kidnappings and hostage takings in Somalia have not gone on this long, and we don't really understand why it's gone on so long," he said, urging the government to do everything it could "to make it all work out."

At the same time, Canadian Association of Journalists president Mary Agnes Welch was preparing "a diplomatically worded angry letter" to Prime Minister Stephen Harper "just to ask him again to take a personal interest in this case." All Lindhout and Brennan's journalistic colleagues would like to see, she said, is "tangible evidence" that there's been some forward momentum.

"We have no idea if they're making progress, if they know where she is – we just have no idea if anything has really changed in the last year," said Welch from Winnipeg. "We would never want the government to shoot its mouth off and put her in even more danger, but we would like some assurance that this is at least on their radar and that some progress is being made."

Strong words and letters will be no comfort to Lindhout and Brennan until they yield results. The two have both reportedly become grievously ill after a year of bad water, little food and daily mistreatment, and Lindhout's most recent pleas – "My government must have some duty to help me," she told Omni TV – suggest they feel as though they've been forgotten by their own nations.

It's a helpless place to be, said James Loney, a Toronto resident who was kidnapped in Baghdad in 2005 and held for four months while serving with Christian Peacemaker Teams .

"I remember the first day, I thought I couldn't stand this for 24 hours and they'd better let us go immediately," Loney said. "And then, after that first day, I thought `Oh my god, I can't imagine doing this for another day.' And then it was a week. And then I thought `I can't imagine doing this for another week.' And then it was a month and I couldn't imagine doing it for a month.

"And I remember the 100th day was kind of a milestone. I just thought a lot that morning of 100 days and how did this happen that it was 100 days, and part of me was not exactly proud, but surprised and astonished that I'd got through 100 days somehow ...

"If Amanda goes to a year, I suspect for her it will be a grim and desperate anniversary."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Comin up on August 23 One year later.............

On e year later and Amanda and Nigel are still kept hostage in Somalia. What would it take to release them peacefully?
Please leave your comments..
Let's all pray for a safe return for Amanda and Nigel.
Pray , pray ,pray.

You will be back home.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Somali PM 'very optimistic' Canadian journalist will be freed

The prime minister of Somalia offered new hope Thursday that Canadian freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout, abducted outside Mogadishu almost 10 months ago, could soon be freed.

But he said, "I'm very optimistic that in the very near future we will have freed those two journalists."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Canadian Goverment Does not help Canadians Overseas

Ottawa is not required to help out Canadians in trouble overseas. A law should be passed to protect us

How sad is this.
That If Canadians are in trouble elsewhere then too bad. Who takes such crazy insulting decisions on our people.?

No laws govern this relationship, the government says. As then-Mr. Justice Konrad von Finckenstein of the Federal Court wrote in an earlier case, “Canadians abroad would be surprised, if not shocked, to learn that the provision of consular services in an individual case is left to the complete and unreviewable discretion of the minister.” Except for the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the minister's exercise of the prerogative is absolute.

To translate: If you are in trouble overseas and go to a Canadian embassy, Canada's government believes that it has the option, but not the obligation, to help. If the government is fond of you, like Brenda Martin, it may help with papers or a private jet home, but if it scorns you, like Mr. Abdelrazik, it may revoke your passport and exile you. The choice is the government's alone.

Wake up Canada and take examples from other goverments.
Other governments long ago passed laws that bind their discretion and make it mandatory to help their citizens abroad. For example, the German Constitutional Court has written that the German state has “a constitutional duty to provide protection for German nationals and their interests in relation to foreign states.” In the United States, a similar obligation is included in statutes requiring the government to provide consular services.

What do you say?

Thursday, June 11, 2009

'My life is worth more than any money' said Amanda

Tearful and her voice breaking, a woman claiming to be Canadian freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout said she'll die in captivity if the Canadian government doesn't pay the ransom her captors are demanding in exchange for her freedom.

"I'm in a desperate situation," she said. "I'm being kept in a dark, windowless room in chains without any clean drinking water and little or no food. I've been very sick for months without any medicine."

The woman phoned CTV news in Toronto late yesterday afternoon and read a statement in which she pleaded for Canada to pay for her release.

"The Canadian government must have some duty to help its citizens in such a crisis and my fellow citizens can assist me by putting pressure on my government," she said. "I love my country and I want to live to see it again. Without food or medicine I will die here."

She said the only way to secure her freedom was to pay the gunmen holding her hostage. She begged her family and "fellow journalists in Canada" to do all they could to bring attention to her situation and find a way to ransom her.

"[My family] must deal directly with these people as my life depends on it. My life is worth more than any money spent."

Ms. Lindhout is a freelance journalist from Sylvan Lake, Alta. She went to Somalia in August, 2008, on a freelance project for a French television station. She and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan, were abducted on Aug. 23 - just three days after Ms. Lindhout's arrival - while trying to visit a displaced-persons camp outside the capital city of Mogadishu. Several other people were reportedly taken captive at the same time and have since been released.

Ms. Lindhout has been held captive in an undisclosed location since then, but has made calls to news agencies begging for assistance.

Ms. Lindhout contacted the Agence France-Presse news agency in late May, saying that she would die a prisoner if her captors didn't receive $1-million. Agence France-Presse reported the exchange sounded like a prepared statement, and that when an AFP reporter asked her for details on her health, she replied, "I cannot answer any question that you have. What I just said, that's all I can say."

In the same interview, Mr. Brennan said he had been shackled for four months and was running a high fever.

Last week the Toronto Star reported a man phoned the paper from Mogadishu offering a similar interview three days after the AFP exchange, but the Star turned down the offer for fear of compromising Ms. Lindhout's chances of freedom.

Ms. Lindhout's friends, family and supporters have used websites, Facebook pages and YouTube videos to drum up support for the woman people on the sites describe as a "brave girl" who was worried for her safety.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Please Sign Petition to Help Free Amanda & Nigel

I signed the petition "Free Journalists Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan". I'm asking you to sign this petition to help us reach our goal of 10,000 signatures. I care deeply about this cause, and I hope you will support our efforts.

Monday, May 25, 2009

A five minute window for Amanda

According to AFP, They obtained a five minute phone call to Amanda and Nigel.
What was said from Amanda to the AFP
" I have been sick for months. Unless my government, the people of Canada, all my family and friends can get one million dollars, I will die here, OK that is certain," Lindhout said, sounding very distressed.

Freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout and photographer Nigel Brennan spoke to an AFP correspondent in Mogadishu by phone for five minutes on Sunday from an undisclosed location.

The call was obtained after weeks of efforts to establish contact with the hostages, who appeared to be reading or reciting a statement, possibly under duress. There was no independent confirmation of their identities.

"I have been sick for months. Unless my government, the people of Canada, all my family and friends can get one million dollars, I will die here, OK that is certain," Lindhout said, sounding very distressed.

She urged the Canadian government to give more help to her family's attempts to secure her release after 274 days in detention with Brennan. The pair were abducted while on a freelance assignment.

The call was made through an intermediary, who claimed to be speaking on behalf of the kidnappers.

A Somali journalist and two drivers who were captured with Lindhout and Brennan were released on January 16.

"The situation here is very dire and very serious. I've been a hostage for nine months, the conditions are very bad, I don't drink clean water, I am fed at most once a day," Lindhout said.

"I'm being kept . . . in a dark windowless room, completely alone," she added.

"I love my country and I want to return so I beg my government to come to my aid. Likewise, I ask all my fellow Canadian citizens and my family to contribute in any way possible in order to help me finally be released from Somalia and be able to return home," said Lindhout.

Brennan also said that the nine months of detention had taken a heavy toll.
"I've been shackled for the last four months . . . My health is extremely poor and deteriorating rapidly due to extreme fever," he said.

"I implore that my government help me as a citizen of Australia (inaudible) . . . I ask for the help of my family in every way possible so that the ransom can be paid for my release," Brennan said.

"I love my country very much, I love my family, my girlfriend," he added.

When the AFP reporter asked Lindhout further details on her health situation, she said she was not able to take further questions.

"I cannot answer any question that you have. What I just said, that's all I can say," she said.

In Australia, a foreign ministry spokesman said: "We are doing all we can to help the families and media coverage will not help negotiations."

from The Calgary Herald

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Talks to free Canadian journalist kidnapped in Somalia stalled

Some terrible news about Amanda's and Nigel's situation. According to Ambroise Piere, the Africa desk chief for Reporters Without Borders, said last week that talks to release has halted.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Amanda A brave Girl

According to Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, who was alongside Amanda and Nigel when they were kidnapped
"Amanda, she was the most brave girl of us, five"
says Mr. Elmi
"She started the first connection of us. Since we were so afraid to be killed, she started to sign."

Sliding quietly to the edge of the room and sitting near the doorway, they started to converse every day with a few improvised hand signs.

"She said to me, 'Don't worry, we'll go out. Stay strong,' " said Mr. Elmi, gesturing with his hands as he spoke.

Mr. Elmi had worked for two days with Mr. Brennan and Ms. Lindhout. They had videotaped government forces, followed the African Union on a de-mining operation and visited the shelled-out ruins of a colonial-era church.

On the third day, they set out from the Shamo hotel in Mogadishu along a 30- kilometre stretch of sandy road leading west to a town to report on displaced-persons camps in the region.

But that day they left without a security detail, which is normally considered imperative for foreigners travelling even the shortest distance beyond the guarded confines of hotels in Mogadishu.

Mr. Elmi said that arrangements were made through a local fixer for security to meet them along the way. But when their car stopped less than an hour later beside a black 4x4 with tinted windows, the occupants turned out to be the kidnappers.

Ms. Lindhout was being held alone in a room furnished with only a single mattress and was dressed in a traditional Arab robe when Mr. Elmi last saw her before his release Jan. 15.

"The last days I saw Amanda, she was feeling very worried," he said, though she appeared to be in good health and unharmed.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

On May 23rd do your part

May 23 is nine months since they have been kidnapped.
Just a reminder to pray and light a candle to help them get through a tough event in their lives.

Take a couple of minutes of your lives to pray or light a candle for Amanda and Nigel.

Everyone is invited to do what they feel. Light a candle and say a prayer do they can get through it

Everyone is welcome. We care. We will bring them back. They will go home to theirfamilies. They will rise above all this
Join the event on facebook click here


Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Somalia: Abducted Canadian journalist is pregnant

MOGADISHU (Mareeg)--Amanda Lindhout, a Canadian journalist who was abducted by Somali gunmen in the Somali capital Mogadishu about eight months ago is reportedly pregnant after she was apparently raped by her abductors, sources told Mareeg’s office in Mogadishu on Wednesday.

Sources say the Canadian journalist Amanda and an Australian photojournalist are being held by the militia in the northeastern neighbourhood of Suqa Holaha neighborhood in Mogadishu.

The abductors have demanded $2.5 million of ransom from the two journalists to release.

Amanda and the Australian photojournalist once escaped from a house in Suqa Holaha neighnourhood and entered a mosque near by, but they were recaptured again.

File photo of Amanda

The militia who kidnapped the journalists claims they are al-shabab Islamists. Some reports suggest that one the abductors made Amanda as his wife.

The journalists were kidnapped between the Afgoye district and the capital city with their Somali photojournalist, Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, who was acting as a translator for the two in September 2008, but Abdifitah was released after 5 months.

Abdiftah said that he did not see Amanda and colleague since the militia abducted them.

Monday, April 6, 2009

A dangerous year for journalists

Geneva 2009 is taking on signs of being more dangerous for journalists than 2008, the Press Eblem Campaign said on thursday.

In the first three months of 2009, 35 journalists have been killed, including eight in march. Two died in Afghanistan, two in Iraq, and one each in India Pakistan, Russia and Honduras.

During the first quarter of last year, 20 journalists were killed. In total in 2008, 91 died on duty.

The Geneva-based campaign said kidnapping also remained a looming threat to reporters.

Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Geoffrey Brennan, abducted last summer, were still in captivity in Somalia. Khadija Abdul Qahaar, also from Canada, has been abducted in Pakistan since late 2008.

Two American reporters were also captured last month by North Korea, which claimed they had illegally crossed the border from China.

The campaign asked the United Nations Human Rights Council to hold a special session on the threats to journalists during its summer.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Abducted UN aid workers freed in Somalia

The four United Nations aid workers kidnapped by unknown gunmen in southern Somalia have been released and are safe, officials say.

The aid workers, three of them foreigners, were abducted Monday as they were traveling in their car to the airstrip near Wajid, 340km (210 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu.

They were on their way from Puntland in northern Somalia to Kenya when they were snatched by about 20 armed men.

Press TV has learned that the aid workers, working for the World Food Program and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), were released after negotiations between local elders and the abductors and that no ransom was paid to obtain the aid workers' release.

UN officials speaking on condition of anonymity also confirmed the release, saying the men are in good health and are now back in a UN compound.

Foreign journalists and aid workers are frequently attacked by armed gangs in Somalia; the kidnappers usually free their hostages after receiving ransoms.

In 2008, some 35 aid workers were killed and 26 others abducted in the war-ravaged country.

We all wish Amanda and Nigel are next to be freed...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

A picture I found that is interesting

The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) expresses its grave concern about the fate of the three freelance journalists who were kidnapped on Saturday 23 August 2008. Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brenan were abducted at KM13, western suburb of Mogadishu between Afgoye district and the capital city.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Understanding Somalia issues

Another day goes by and still no news from Somalia. Here is inofrmation on Somalia.

These were fishermen who were angry over illegal fishing. Now it has become a businessand criminals are getting into it for the money.

Civil war in Somalia:
Before, it was former generals of a dictatorship fighting each other as warlords. Now it's Islam extremists fighting over ideology, and this is what I fear because it can happen in any town, any place."

"Politics in America is easier, because you don't have to start from scratch," he said. "In Somalia, if you want to be a politician, you can't just join a side. You have to start your own."

The big lack of goverment does not help any situation in Somalia. No trust in people for others.

Monday, March 9, 2009

My personal opinion

In response to the post on the facebook group of Amanda's Release.

The donation is for my blog and my blog alone and not for Amanda and Nigel's release.
Please no offence .
I 'am not taking advantage of any situation. My effort inthis blog has been more than a freebie from me.

I have learned a lot on Amanda and Nigel . I have read a lot on Somalia and The non-goverment they have or do not have.Somalia has been kidnapping for so long and how they take hostage ships for ransoms.

I will make this blog noticed to as many people I can.
It is important to know that who we are and who they are.
It is important to share as much information we can

IF it was up to me I would raise the money for her release on my own.
The blog has much information for Amanda and her kidnapping, i don't need to take credit for it.
Just like I've said many times I do not know Amanda nor Nigel but felt very bad for her situation.
People should not hurt others. Violence is a creation that forces us to act on it.
I don't like any action of violence. I will make an effort to raise enough money to get Amanda and Nigel out of the situation they are in. All their hard work should be compensated worth the release of both.

My blog get average 2000 views a month. not enough people are aware of the situation.
We need to let other know about it.

Thank you and appreciate any comments

Friday, February 6, 2009

There's new but unconfirmed details about the situation involving kidnapped journalist Amanda Lindhout of Sylvan Lake.A prominent Somali contact for western journalists seeking updates on the fate of Lindhout and her Australian colleague says the pair made a brief escape late last month and have not been heard from since.

Daud Abdi Daud, Executive Director of Somali Journalists Rights Agency says the pair, in his words, "came close to being killed" on January 26th.Daud says Lindhout and Nigel Brennan escaped in Mohgadishu and ran to the shelter of a mosque.He says, "they appealed to the holy men in the mosque for protection and were told to hide behind the chair of the senior Mulla who was reading the Holy book".

Daud claims two gunmen fired shots inside the mosque and when the militia arrived Amanda Lindhout and Brennan were forcibly removed and were pushed into a car.Daud also says Lindhout reportedly tried to throw herself out of the car without success.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ransom for Alta. journalist lowered: Somali group

Somali kidnappers holding Alberta journalist Amanda Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan have reportedly dropped their ransom demand to $100,000 US, the head of a Somalia press freedom organization said Friday.

Dad Abdi Daud, executive director of Mogadishu-based Somali Journalists Rights Agency, said the new ransom demand, which is a drop from the original $2.5 million, signalled a positive development in the plight of Lindhout, 27, and Brennan, 35, who were kidnapped at gunpoint outside the Somali capital of Mogadishu last August.

"Now they want $100,000," said Daud, in a telephone interview Friday with Canwest News Service. "You can see the difference."

A Foreign Affairs spokesman in Ottawa said that he is not going to comment on this new development.

"We continue to pursue all appropriate channels to seek further information about Ms. Lindhout's welfare, and to assist the family in securing her safe release as well as that of Mr. Brennan," said Daniel Barbarie in an e-mail.

"We will not comment or release any information which may compromise these efforts and jeopardize the safety of a Canadian or other citizen."

Daud said the two Westerners were being treated relatively well, but were suffering "body itching" as a result of their captivity.

He said the father of a Somali journalist who was kidnapped along with Lindhout and Brennan, but released last week, planned to make contact with the kidnappers to pass on medicine for the two Westerners.

Daud believes the kidnapping may have been orchestrated with the help of employees at the Mogadishu hotel where Lindhout and Brennan were staying.

The two were kidnapped Aug. 23, along with their Somali fixer and driver, while on their way from Mogadishu to visit refugee camps in Afgoye, about 25 kilometres west of the war-torn Somali capital.

In September, a tribal chief involved in negotiations said the kidnappers wanted $2.5 million US in ransom.

The release of Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi last week was a dramatic development in a kidnapping case that had slowly receded into the background as the conflict in Somalia worsened. Lindhout's case was also overshadowed in Canada by the release of CBC reporter Melissa Fung, who had been kidnapped in Afghanistan.

Ambroise Pierre, with the Africa Desk at Reporters Without Borders, said Thursday that Canadian and Australian authorities had taken the lead in negotiations for Lindhout and Brennan's release.

Pierre said Elmi was released after his "tribal group" threatened to attack the kidnappers.

"The story with the foreign journalists is different and the negotiations for their release is something different," said Pierre.

"Their situation is very worrying. They have been held for more than 180 days."

Lindhout's family in Sylvan Lake, Alta., could not be reached Friday for comment.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The future of Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout remains unclear, even though a Somali journalist kidnapped along with her 177 days ago has been released.

Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi was freed by his captors late Thursday night. Lindhout's location is a mystery.

Elmi and the driver were taken at gunpoint along with the 27-year-old Lindhout and Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan, 35, in August.

An international journalists' organization warns that the release of some hostages does not mean the others will be set free any time soon.

"We would like to be very, very cautious about this," said Ambroise Pierre with the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders. "It would be too quick to think that because they were released that it's good news for the two foreign journalists. Their situations are obviously very different."

Elmi, speaking with Canwest News Service from the home he shares with his wife and daughter, said he had no hope of ever seeing his family again.

"No, no hope," Elmi said Friday in a telephone interview. "They came to me and said to me, 'Don't talk (to anyone) about anything. You have to go.' I am very happy. Very, very happy. Now I am free."

He said he was kept blindfolded in a room alone, with none of his kidnappers speaking to him until the end of his captivity.

The group were on their way from Mogadishu to visit refugee camps in Afgoye, 25 kilometres west of the capital city.

Elmi said he had no information about the well-being or whereabouts of Lindhout, of Sylvan Lake, Alta., or Brennan because they were immediately separated after they were captured. He said he was not held hostage in the same location as the other two.

"When we were captured, we all shut our eyes, then we go to a place that I don't know where I was, why we go there," Elmi said. "I haven't seen the other colleagues that were with me."

He said he rarely heard the kidnappers talk about the two foreigners.

"I asked them: 'Where are my colleagues?' They couldn't say," he said. "Sometimes I hear that they are still alive, but I don't know the reality."

Pierre said that Elmi and a driver were released due to the work of a local tribal leader. In the case of Lindhout and Brennan, the demands would have been different and most likely difficult to meet.

"The negotiators are not the same ones. What they ask for from the negotiators is very different," said Pierre. "What the good news today is that we know that Elmi was well-treated where he was kept. We can hope, it's an argument for hope, that Lindhout and Brennan are also treated in good health."

Elmi said he cannot identify his captors and added that although he was not assaulted during the ordeal, the men were heavily armed.

In September, a tribal chief negotiating the release of the journalists said the kidnap gang wanted a ransom of $2.5 million for the westerners, and said they would kill Lindhout after 15 days if the ransom wasn't paid.

The deadline passed without any further communication.

Pierre said he hopes this new development will assist in further negotiations between the kidnappers and the Canadian and Australian governments.

"The bad news is that Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan are still being kept as hostages. The bad news is that we don't have much news about their situation," he said. "We will continue to communicate on this affair and try to get solid information. This is between the Somalia kidnappers and the foreign governments and we hope the best efforts will be made to find a good outcome to this situation."

A Foreign Affairs spokesman said Ottawa had little to say about Elmi's release.

"We are pleased that those seized with Ms. Lindhout and Mr. Brennan are reported to have been released. We continue to pursue all appropriate channels to seek further information about Ms. Lindhout's welfare, and to assist the family in securing her safe release as well as that of Mr. Brennan," said Daniel Barbarie.

"We will not comment or release any information which may compromise these efforts and jeopardize the safety of a Canadian or other citizen."

Meanwhile, Briton Colin Freeman, a correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph, and Spanish freelance photographer Jose Cendon were also freed in Somalia on Thursday.

Freeman and Cendon were seized in November as they left a hotel. An official in the northern semi-autonomous province of Puntland said the two were released through the efforts of local elders.

Journalists and humanitarian workers are frequently abducted in Somalia, a country torn by unrest since 1991. Most kidnappings include ransom demands.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Timeline for the journalists abducted in Somalia, Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan


Bloomberg is reporting that two foreign journalists are among five people who were kidnapped in Somalia today,

The two journalists, an Australian man and Canadian woman, had been staying at the Shamo Hotel and were scheduled to visit a refugee camp at Elasha, 17 kilometers (10 miles) south of Mogadishu, Ahmed Ali Salad, a worker at the hotel, said by telephone today. He said he knew only their first names, Nigel and Amanda. A Somali translator and two drivers working with them are also missing, he added. link

The Sydney Morning Herald has more,

“They were taken under the threat of firearms. It was an abduction,” a security official at a hotel south of the capital told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity… “It’s (clear) that they were kidnapped because their schedule was to come back to the hotel before 12 in the afternoon and we don’t have their whereabouts,” said Abdifatah Ajos Sanura, a director at the Shamo hotel where the pair stayed. link

Originally picked up via ABC News Twitter feed.

UPDATE: Bloomberg update the story with the names of the kidnapped,

The Canadian is Amanda Lindhout, 26, a freelance journalist, and she had been working with a freelance photographer named Nigel Brennan, according to information on her profile on Facebook, Jesse Johnston, a reporter with Calgary-based Radio CHQR, who knows Lindhout, said in a telephone interview.

Lindhout had been on a tour through Africa to put together freelance reports for a French television network and had hoped to sell the material to Canadian broadcasters as well, the Calgary Herald said, citing a Global National TV interview with Lindhout’s father, John, and a recent e-mail from her to the Canadian broadcaster. link

Here is Amanda’s lightstalkers page. And a number of Amanda’s reports can be seen on LiveLeak.

UPDATE: 24 August - The Canadian Press has more

The reporters, their Somali driver and two Somali guards were abducted on the way to see people displaced by the violence in Mogadishu and now living outside the city, said Abdihakim Haji, the brother-in-law of Abdifatah Elmi, one of the two guards.

Haji said he knew about the abduction because it occurred while he was talking with Elmi on his cellphone during the trip to Elasha, about 18 kilometres southwest of Mogadishu.

About halfway there, “I heard a voice ordering them to turn the car in a different direction,” Haji said, recalling the last conversation he had with his brother-in-law.

“My brother, in a low tone, was trying not to answer my inquiries but made me understood that they were caught in a difficult situation. I realized that things had changed and then their voices disappeared,” Haji said in a telephone interview from Mogadishu. link

UPDATE: Meanwhile Frontline blogger David Axe is trying to contact his fixer, mentioned in the story, to find out more,

I’m glad to report that my friend Ajoos, a fixer working at Shamo, was not among those kidnapped, but it seems two of Shamo’s security detail might have been. I’ve emailed Ajoos and some of my other Somalia sources for more information, so stay tuned. link

UPDATE: Frontline blogger Alex, who has worked in Somalia, adds a bit more background to the abduction,

not only were they working with the fixer I use out there, but also they were working probably with the same interpreter, same security guards, and the same car Philip and I used when we were out there. link

UPDATE: 25 August - From Bloomberg,

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd sent extra diplomatic and police officials to west Africa to help investigate the kidnapping in Somalia of a group of reporters, including an Australian photojournalist. “We have deployed additional staff from our mission in Pretoria to our High Commission in Nairobi,'’ Rudd told reporters in Canberra today. “This is a sensitive and difficult case. We are engaged at every level.'’ link

David Axe adds his own take on the difficulties in working to release kidnap victims in Somalia,

Because foreign journos are worth potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars in ransom, Brennan and Lindhout might very well be alive and even in perfect health. But freeing them means reaching their abductors through some agent based in Somalia. Identifying the abductors and enlisting an agent with real power … these are huge problems. link

UPDATE: The Edmonton Sun reports there is an Amanda Lindhout Facebook group,

Lindhout’s cousin and Edmonton resident Angie Stewart was the first to write on the group’s wall. In her post she thanked Argiroudis for creating the forum. “Amanda is my cousin, and now that her kidnapping has been confirmed, we are spreading the word and adding her to prayer lists around the world,” link

On the ground Australian Police are on their way to Somalia to help the search for the Australian Nigel Brennan,

Australian Federal Police and extra diplomatic staff have been sent to Somalia to probe the kidnapping of Australian photo journalist Nigel Brennan by members of an armed militia. link

UPDATE: From Leader Post,

Somali Press Freedom founder Daud Abdi Daud told Canwest News Service the group was “close” to establishing contact with the kidnappers of freelance reporter Amanda Lindhout, 27, of Sylvan Lake, Alta., and freelance photojournalist Nigel Brennan, of Brisbane, Australia. link

UPDATE: August 26 - From CTV

Tom Rhodes, Africa co-ordinator for the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, told on Monday that his sources say the militants are looking for a safe house to hold Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan. Once they have found such a place, it is believed they will make a formal ransom demand, he said. But “no one really knows what’s going on,” Rhodes glumly added. link

And yet more speculation from the Brisbane Times,

Omar Faruk Osman, secretary-general of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), said he believed a regional militia of the war-torn African nation’s lower Shabelle region was behind the armed abduction. link

Frontline blogger David Axe speculates further,

What’s more disturbing is the possibility that the kidnapping was an inside job by one or both of the journos’ bodyguards/drivers. It’s telling that the Union’s statement makes no mention of the fifth man who apparently was part of the abducted group. Was this fifth man the traitor? link

UPDATE: 27 August - From The Canadian Press,

“What we have been able to glean is that the journalists - the Canadian, the Australian and the Somali - are unharmed, they have their clothes, they’re getting food regularly and they may even have access to satellite TV,” [Dennis Trudeau, spokesman for Reporters Without Borders in Montreal told The Canadian Press late Tuesday]. “I can’t say more than that. You can understand that the group may be afraid of a possible armed mission to rescue the journalists.” link

UPDATE: 29 August - Leonard Vincent, head of the Africa desk for Reporters Without Borders, talks to Canwest News Service,

“Things are moving positively,” said Vincent. “It is a crucial moment and it would be very dangerous to disclose more than that.” Vincent said more information would likely emerge “in the coming days” and that his organization was in touch with diplomats involved with efforts to free the journalists. “If everything continues like it is now, we can expect a positive outcome,” he said. link

UPDATE: 3 Sept - From CBC News

The Toronto Star is reporting that negotiations are underway to secure the release of a kidnapped Canadian journalist and her Australian and Somali colleagues. link

UPDATE: 4 Sept - Canwest news has a tiny bit more,

The kidnappers are using the slower pace of the holy month to buy time in negotiations with influential local power brokers who are working to secure the release of Alberta native Amanda Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan, the source said.

The identity of the kidnappers has not yet been made public, but their captives are still believed to be in good health.

“Still no concerns about their integrity or the outcome,” said the source, who requested anonymity. “As soon as an agreement is reached they will be released…”

The journalists were reportedly last seen in good health about 90 kilometres north of Mogadishu where they were said to be staying in a comfortable house that had access to satellite television. The identity of the captors and their current location has not been publicly disclosed. link

UPDATE: 7 Sept - From The Australian. The kidnappers demand $2.5 million cash,

“The kidnappers demanded 2.5 million dollars and we are trying to secure their release,'’ said Dahir Farah, who has been participating in negotiations to free the three abducted in Somalia last month.

Another person claiming to be an intermediary for the kidnappers spoke of the same ransom demand. He also allowed two people claiming to be the foreign journalists to speak briefly to news wire services.

“I’m Amanda, the Canadian journalist. Our health situation is very well for the time being,'’ Amanda Lindhout, a freelance foreign correspondent from the western Canadian province of Alberta, purportedly said.

A man claiming to be Nigel Geoffrey Brennan, an Australian photographer, said: “We are very well now mentally and physically.” link

UPDATE: 9 Sept - The Edmonton Sun corresponds with Lindhout’s relatives,

Lindhout’s cousin, Angie Stewart, said she has grown frustrated with wading through information in the media, some of which has turned out to be false. “To date, I have received so much conflicting information, it all depends what source I’m looking at as to which variety of the ‘truth’ I’m getting,” the Red Deer resident said in an e-mail to Sun Media. link

UPDATE 17 Sept - Al Jazeera has aired a video that purports to show Australian photographer Nigel Brennan and the Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout,

The video showed Mr Brennan and Ms Lindhout, wearing an Islamic robe, along with armed Islamic militants. Ms Lindhout was speaking to camera but the tape’s audio was not aired. Al Jazeera said the kidnappers, calling themselves Mujahideen of Somalia, accused Canada and Australia of “taking part in the destruction of Somalia” and demanded that they review their policies towards the African country. link

Western Australia Today reports government officials are checking the footage,

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said the footage was being investigated. “We are aware that a video has been broadcast claiming to include footage of two journalists held captive in Somalia,” DFAT said in a statement. “Relevant Australian agencies are currently assessing the footage.” link

The screengrab above is taken from a news report. Click the image to read more.

UPDATE: Sept 19 - The Somalia Journalists Rights Agency expresses its concern over the abductions,

“We are kindly requesting Skeikh Yusuf Mohamed Siad “Indha Adde” and his group to release the Journalists immediately with out condition as they respect the International Declaration of the Human Rights” said Daud Abdi Daud SOJRA’s Executive Director.,” We tried our efforts how to release the detained Journalists, as we brought together delegates from Aiyr Clan and authorities from Canadian high commissioner in Nairobi and other delegates from Australia in order to discuss how to release the detained journalists with out condition. And they met two times” he added. link

UPDATE: Sept 30 - CanWest quotes a spokesman from Reporters Without Borders saying the relative silence of late is normal,

“It’s usual that information doesn’t leak whenever there are negotiations,” Leonard Vincent said. “My take, from my expertise - negotiations have started again. Something is in the process.” link

UPDATE: Oct 1 - Not much of an update, more of a commentary on reaction in Canada,

“None of the Somali community has stood up and said that this is unfair, to take hostage a Canadian citizen,” Issa told the Straight. “It is shameful for us Somalis in North America to see this.” link

UPDATE: Oct 14 - Press TV Iran report the journalists will be killed within 15 days if the ransom of $2.5 million is not paid. The National Union of Somali Journalists releases a statement.

UPDATE: Oct 15 - From The Globe & Mail,

Leonard Vincent, who works for the Paris-based group Reporters Without Borders, said the hostage-takers are simply trying to get the attention of Canadian and Australian authorities. “This shows that they are very nervous and that they are starting to get impatient,” he said. “The bills are piling up. This kidnapping is starting to cost them a lot of money. So they are urging for a quick settlement and a quick agreement.” link

UPDATE: Oct 23 - From The Vancouver Sun,

The father of a Somali man - who was taken alongside freelance reporter Amanda Lindhout from Alberta and an Australian photojournalist - says the three are being poorly treated. According to the African Press Agency, Mohamed Elmi Dhere gave a news conference in Mogadishu, Somalia, to urge the release of his son, Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, and the two others. The agency reported that the father is receiving updates on the condition of the three and he is concerned.

“I was told that my son and his colleagues are unwell and have been mistreated,” Dhere was quoted as saying by the Chinese Xinhua News Agency. “They need medication and their freedom,” he said. link

UPDATE: Oct 29 The deadline for the ransom has come and gone with no news,

The 15-day deadline to pay a $2.5-million ransom or else a kidnapped Canadian journalist would be killed has expired with no news about her status or her fellow captives. link

UPDATE: Dec 2 Reporters without Borders are quoted as saying the journalists are safe and in the same place,

“What we can confirm is they are fine, in the same place and in the hands of the same group.” [said Leonard Vincent, Africa desk chief of Paris-based Reporters without Borders] link