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.

http://tiny.cc/8TZQW


The Release of Nigel Brennan

Watch@

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Fbu7fyaX1g


July 26, 2009

Family of kidnapped journalist breaks silence

Finally word from one of the families, Nigel Brennan’s. The pressure on them must be enormous to do the ‘right’ thing for their loved ones. So to, must ‘knowing’ what the right thing to do, is.

The below is the full published report from the National Post
dated Friday, July 24, 2009.

CALGARY — The family of a photographer taken hostage along with Alberta journalist Amanda Lindhout in Somalia is stepping up the pressure on the Australian government to negotiate the man’s release.

The family of Nigel Brennan has broken its silence on the case, criticizing the negotiation process as lacking in transparency and taking “a ridiculous amount of time.”

“We are just desperate to get some answers from our government,” family spokeswoman Rebecca Hutchins told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. “What do they think is a reasonable time for an Australian citizen to be held captive?”

Brennan’s mother also confronted Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd during a public visit earlier this week, according to media reports.

Brennan and Lindhout were kidnapped on Aug. 23, 2008 along with local journalist Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, who was released in January.

In another interview with ABC, an Australian official said Friday the family’s public comments Thursday will not help speed up negotiations for Brennan’s release.

“I understand very much their frustration and the agony of the mother who hasn’t seen her son for almost a year,” said foreign minister Stephen Smith. “Our advice has always been not to go public, not to go to the media.”

Rudd said in a separate interview that the country is doing everything it can.

“This is an exceptionally complex matter, and I think if you were fully apprised, confidentially, of the details of the case… you’d be fully seized of how difficult and complex a matter this is, given the part of the world in which he is located,” the Australian prime minister said.

Negotiations between Canadian officials and Somali hostage takers ceased in January, and Lindhout issued a plea in May to AFP via a five-minute phone conversation, saying she and Brennan are not doing well.

“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 during the plea. “I’m being kept . . . in a dark windowless room, completely alone.”

Brennan also spoke during the plea, noting his health was “extremely poor and deteriorating rapidly.”

The pair’s kidnapping has been one of the longest recent abductions in Somalia, although all previous kidnappings of journalists have ended with the release of the hostages amid claims that ransoms were paid.

Negotiations for their release have reportedly collapsed several times.

Source: The National Post

If you haven’t already, please take a moment to sign the petition below on Amanda & Nigel’s behalf .

Thank you.

Petition:

http://bit.ly/fhmqq

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