Free Amanda Lindhout & Nigel Brennan

December 22, 2009

Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan Free At Last!

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.

God bless.

A timeline of Amanda Lindhout’s long ordeal can be found at the link below.

The Release of Nigel Brennan



September 12, 2009

Did Amanda Lindhout give birth on July 19th, 2009?


Reliable source Osen-Hunter Global Security Group thinks it’s worth a mention: @ or read PDF version:

Although I’ve read this around the internet before, not much validity was given the source. However I think it’s worth a mention now that Osen-Hunter Global Security has reported it as being a possibility. If indeed Amanda did give birth and I hope not, how does this affect the chances of her release now, to say nothing of what would become of the baby. The implications all around are just overwhelming, they already were before talk of a birth. I can not imagine what this woman is going through. Thank the powers that be she is young, and the young are resilient if nothing else.

Basically this is the gist of what Osen-Hunter’s report says:


We received an indication late tonight that Miss Amanda Lindhout, held captive in Mogadishu for 11 months, may have given birth to a child. The infant, a girl we believe, was said to have been born on Saturday.
Assessment and cautionary note: this is from a single source, but the short report is flush with details, so we assess it is a reasonably strong indication.
What we received in part:

Amanda Lindhout oo ah gabar wariye ah oo u dhalatay Canada ee lagu afduubtay wadada Afgooye bishii August ee sanadkii 2008 … ayaa maalintii sabtiga ahayd ku umushay magaalada Muqdisho.

What we believe this means: “Amanda Lindhout is a female journalist [literally, “girl journalist”] born in Canada, abducted in the month of August the year 2008 near Afgooye. Per day Saturday she gave birth in Mogadishu.”

Keeping in mind our cautionary note above, there was an indication of a medical problem:

Xoogaga Islaamiyiinta ah qaarkood ayaa aaminsan in gabdhaha … banaysanayo dhiigooda. We take that to mean that there was “bleeding,” but “trustworthy Muslim women” tended to her.

A ransom of 2.5 million dollars (furasho gaaraysa 2.5 Milyan dollar) was also mentioned.
We regret to report that we have not detected any new word about Miss Lindhout’s colleague, Nigel Brennan of Australia. The two journalists were kidnapped 23 August 2008 on the Afgooye-Mogadishu corridor after covering the Afgooye camp for Internally Displaced Persons.

In April, we received an indication that one of her kidnappers had raped her. 1 We believe they (Amanda & Nigel) have been kept apart from each other for months and restrained in shackles in windowless rooms. Both are in poor health. OSEN-HUNTER GLOBAL SECURITY has maintained a vigil for both journalists and filed more than 20 intelligence reports on their status since their abduction.

All information contained herein is subject to the disclaimer on the last page of this report.

Above Source: Scroll down to July 21st security report and news item at link below. Also read the Forward-Leaning, Osen-Hunter’s Global Security Report of August 21st, 2009.

And please, if you haven’t already, sign the petition for both Amanda & Nigel

Click here for petition

June 21, 2009

Last Tapped Phone Call from Amanda Lindhout.

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Amanda photographed here in Afghanistan, photo source ‘Dan’ @
On June 10th, 2009, Amanda Lindhout made a call to a CTV newsroom. Reading, what can only be perceived as a perpared statement by kidnappers, the weak and emotional sounding Lindhout pleaded with the Canadian government to help bring her home. She also said she fears she will die in captivity if Somalian kidnappers ransom demands are not met. There was no mention of fellow freelance journalists, Nigel Brennan.

To read Amanda Lindhouts full statement, and hear a taped video please refer to the below links:


To see video of taped phone call click here

To read full statement click here.

To sign Petition please go to:

June 8, 2009

Petition Link

Read posts further down for more information on Amanda & Nigel. Am keeping the petition link at top of page.

Link to petition:

May 26, 2009


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