Credit for above photo of Amanda & Nigel after their release goes to Reuters
I wish to thank all who took the time to sign the petition on behalf of Amanda Lindhout & Nigel Brennan. Unfortunately the target goal of 5000 signatures was never reached , on or about the day they were released it had been decided to send the 2,680 signatures we did get anyway.
However that became unnecessary as the most excellent news broke on Wednesday, November 25, 2009; after 15 months of darkness, both Amanda and Nigel had been released into safe hands!
Prayers, perseverence by family, friends and strangers, dreams of home, and cold hard cash is what finally freed these two.
Now is a time for them to be safely surrounded by loved ones so that they may heal. I am sure both will spend much time absorbing the terrible ordeal they have been through. Surreal and horrific as it must have been, I can only imagine the days and months ahead will be spent finding themsleves and coming to grips with what went on when they were held hostage. Their lives are now forever changed, but if nothing else is evident at this time, that both Amanda & Nigel are extraordinarily strong people is. I have every belief they will emerge from this difficult experience victorious. My hope is that they take all the time they need and not rush into things, I wish them both a speedy and healthy recovery.
A timeline of Amanda Lindhout’s long ordeal can be found at the link below.
The Release of Nigel Brennan