Free Amanda Lindhout & Nigel Brennan

July 26, 2009

Kidnappers losing patience with Ottawa, expert claims

Kidnappers losing patience with Ottawa, expert claims

Mark Iype, Canwest News Service Published: Friday, June 12, 2009

An expert from an international media aid organization says that the plight of kidnapped Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout is quickly becoming dire, and he is worried that the patience of the militia holding her is running out.

“They are really getting impatient,” Ambroise Pierre, the Africa expert with Reporters Without Border said yesterday from his office in Paris. “The kidnappers wanted to negotiate sooner than this.”

Pierre says his sources in Somalia say the militia holding her wants to get rid of her, but it also wants to get paid. He thinks that the kidnappers are surprised the situation has dragged.

He says kidnappings in the East African country are usually resolved within six weeks.

Lindhout, a freelance reporter from Sylvan Lake, Alta., was kidnapped last August with an Australian colleague, Nigel Brennan, while working on a story about internally displaced people.

A woman claiming to be Lindhout called CTV News late yesterday to make a tearful plea for her release.

“I’ve been held hostage by gunmen in Somalia for nearly 10 months,” the woman, claiming to be Lindhout, 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 begs Ottawa to help her family pay her ransom.

Pierre says he thinks it is highly likely that the woman who made the call is Lindhout. The call comes just weeks after a similar plea was made by Lindhout and Brennan in a short phone call with Agence France-Presse, in which they spoke of horrible conditions and their deteriorating health.

A spokeswoman for Foreign Affairs says that officials “continue to pursue all the appropriate channels” to determine Lindhout’s welfare.



July 4, 2009

Day 319 in Captivity-Petition-Help Journalists, Amanda Lindhout & Nigel Brennan

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Amanda Lindhout & Nigel Brennan

The following is the content of the Petition started at, in hopes of bringing hope, help and attention to their plight.
We the undersigned, petition Canadian & Australian Governments and any interested world government, the Honorable prime ministers Steven Harper, Kevin Rudd and both Parliments to aid and facilitate the timely release of its citizens, freelance Canadian journalist, Amanda Lindhout and Austrailian photojournalist, Nigel Brennan.

On August 23, 2008, Canadian journalist, Amanda Lindhout, 27, and Australian pohotojournalist, Nigel Brennan, 37, were seized at gunpoint just outside the Somali capitol of Mogadishu. They were en route to a Somali refugee camp to continue reporting on worsening conditions in the region. Three Somalis, photojournalist Abdifatah Mohamed Elmi, and two drivers, kidnapped with them, were released in mid January of 2009.

Both Amanda Lindhout, and Nigel Brennan, are being held prisoners in dire conditions, in need of medication, fresh water & food. Their health has rapidly deteriorated. With so many conflicting reports, the only real thing we have to go on is Amanda’s voice in telephone messages. We fear for their very lives. We ask respectively, at what point a Canadian, Australian or any citizen of the free world can expect to receive help from their home Governments?

We appeal to both Canadian and Austrailian governements as well as any interested world government or parties, to work together toward in securring their imminent release.

We, the undersigned, wish to thank both countries, world goverments and interested parties for reading this petition and any resolution brought to this situation, that results in the safe return of both Amanda and Nigel, to their respective families and homes

Heightened fears over the fate of Amanda Lindhout & Nigel Brennan
Above Source: Reporters Without Borders For Press Freedom.

“Help Me”: Kidnapped Bundaberg Photographer’s Desperate Plea
Above Source: ABC.Net Austrailia.

Canadian journalist fears she’ll die in Somalia unless government helps.
Above Source: CBC

“I Hope when Amanda sleeps, her dreams take her to a place where she can hear our prayers, and know she is not alone.”
Quote by
Paul MacPhearson, found online.

You, me, all of us, can make a difference, however small. Please take the time to sign this and, if possible, pass it on.

I wish to thank all of you, who have taken time out to sign and comment.

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