Free Amanda Lindhout & 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.

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July 31, 2009

Two standards for kidnapping

To tell or not to tell.

Two camps of thoughts, but which is the right one for Amanda & Nigel? If we are to take our lead by what is ‘not’ being said or done in this case, the silent camp seems to be the standard to follow. However, with Nigel Brennan’s mother speaking publically for the first time last week, it leads one to believe not even they are privy to any inner negotiations that may, or may not be at work on their behalf. And if no negotiations are going on, if time is just ticking away and Amanda & Nigel are becoming more of a liability with each passing day, it begs the questions:

Are these two going to die in Somalia, are our governments really going to let this happen?

What then could be a solution, and a very quick one, to this terrible situtaion?

The below was published on Monday, June 22, 2009 by The National post.

Happy endings have a way of halting tricky questions in their tracks. No doubt everyone’s happy to hear that another reporter in Afghanistan managed to survive a hostage ordeal that could have ended badly and bloodily. This time, it was New York Times reporter David Rohde, who was kidnapped by the Taliban in November, only almost no-one outside media circles knew that till he escaped Friday. That’s because the media deliberately kept Rohde’s kidnapping a secret.

“From the early days of this ordeal, the prevailing view among David’s family, experts in kidnapping cases, officials of several government and others we consulted was that going public could increase the danger,” Bill Keller, the Times’ executive editor, explained. “We decided to respect that advice … and a number of other news organizations that learned of David’s plight have done the same. We are enormously grateful for their support.”

Since Rohde survived, everything done to secure his release – including the widespread efforts to hide the news of his abduction – seems irresistibly reasonable in retrospect. With a different, unhappier ending, would we be as cool with the media decision to consciously suppress the story? Videos sent by his kidnappers to various Arab TV networks, presumably making demands were, according to reports, “not given extended air play at the urging of the Times.” (One blogger noticed back in February that Rohde had been missing, and discovered the truth about his abduction, but other reporters told him there was nothing he or they could do about it, given the decision by all editors to censor the story). CBC reporter, Melissa Fung, benefited from the same media blackout last fall.

When news organizations aren’t directly impacted by hostage takings, they tend to play by different rules: The kidnapping of Canadian diplomats Robert Fowler and Louis Guay in Niger last year earned plenty of news coverage, as has unaffiliated freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout’s plight in Somalia, and freelance journalist Beverly Giesbrecht in Pakistan (both of whom remain in custody). Interestingly, newspapers have felt liberated to reveal the tale of Rohde’s kidnapping, along with his fixer and driver, now that the American reporter is free, even though one member of the group still remains held in the Taliban compound.

There can be little question that reporters are getting special treatment. But if we agree on that, we might do ourselves the favour of being reflective enough to ask why. The Toronto Star’s public editor several months ago recalled how that paper – which participated in the cover-up of Melissa Fung’s kidnapping – had to ignore pleas from the family of Je Yell Kim not to report on his capture in North Korea because “the incarceration of a Canadian by a foreign government was an issue of important public interest in Canada. So, too, was the question of what Canadian authorities were doing to secure his release.”

In that case, things turned out fine. They don’t always. It’s impossible to tell how much the glare of media coverage has influenced a kidnapper to do something he otherwise mightn’t have, but it’s safe to say that an increased profile of a hostage situation must have a kind of Observer Effect on the actors.

The conspiracy by media to gag kidnapping stories of reporters abroad may have saved Rohde’s life, and Fung’s too. If so, great. Perhaps it had no effect on the outcome at all. This is something we’ll never know. But one thing we might be able to know, if we dared to ask it of ourselves, is why different rules were apparently applied to Rohde and Fung than to Giesbrecht, Lindhout, and others. If a New York Times or CBC reporter’s life was sufficiently worth guarding as to sacrifice the kind of high-minded, self-ascribed newsroom principles given by the Star to Je Yell Kim’s family, surely others’ lives are, too.

Source: National Post

June 8, 2009

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