Freed hostages Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout and Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan, seated together at a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, 26/11/2009.It was August 23, 2008 when Lindhout, a Canadian journalist and her colleague, Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan, were abducted by militants on the outskirts of Mogadishu, in Somalia.They had been driving out of town, with armed guards, to do a story at a refugee camp when they were ambushed and kidnapped.“We saw a vehicle that was pulled over on the side of the road and it grabbed our attention,” she said.“What unfolded was something out of your worst nightmare or a Hollywood movie.”Lindhout explained how a dozen men emerged, their faces wrapped in scarfs — it was the start of a 460-day nightmare.“The first long days turned into the first weeks which somehow became months,” she said.“Sometimes we were blindfolded — certainly we always knew there was the possibly of death.” Screengrab from Al-Jazeera TV reportedly showing kidnapped hostages Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout and Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan while in captivity.The pair attempted to escape and had a taste of freedom before they were recaptured. Lindhout’s treatment then became more brutal. She was chained up in a black room and tortured by her kidnappers.“I remember at this point in captivity thinking I had lost everything,” she said.“I didn’t see the sky. I never had the feeling of a breeze. I had lost my own name. I didn’t laugh once.“There I was, 27 years old, in a pitch black room in Somalia.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoLindhout said it was the ability to forgive and gain compassion for her captors that ultimately pulled her through.“When I touched on this tiny seed of compassion it felt like relief, almost like a truth,” she said. “I guess what I discovered was the human spirit. My determination to survive grew.” Photo from a facebook support site for Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout showing Lindhout (right) and Australian photojournalist Nigel Brennan.Lindhout and Brennan’s ordeal finally ended in November 2009 when a $1 million ransom was paid and they were freed. They then began the long journey to recovery.“I remember struggling to know who I was,” she said.“Freedom was really hard for me to grasp.”“Over these last eight and half years I’ve gone on such a journey of every emotion that you can imagine.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:30Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAREC 2018 promo video00:30But she said it was something she battled with daily.“Every morning when I wake I want to be a forgiving person,” she said.“The truth is there are a lot of days I can’t quite get there.“On those days where I can’t get there, forgiveness, understanding or compassion is just a distant point in the horizon, (but) then I point my feet in that direction and try again the next day. It gets easier and again it’s something that I do for myself.” AREC 2018: ‘EVERYONE THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY’ AREC 2018: PERSISTENCE IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS In June 2015 one of their captors, Ali Omar Ader, was lured to Ottawa where he was arrested and both Lindhout and Brennan faced him, in court, for the first time last year.More recently, at the end of March this year, both Lindhout and Brennan, who now lives in Tasmania, faced Ader again, this time to deliver powerful victim impact statements.“I’ve been given a second chance at my life and I really want to make my time in this planet matter,” she told the crowd.“It’s really only when you learn how to let go that you will have peace and freedom.”Since her release Lindhout has embarked on a philanthropic career, has written a New York Times best-selling book and regularly speaks publicly about her kidnappping experience and how it has shaped who she is. Amanda Lindhout survived 460 days as a hostage in Somalia. The former war reporter turned best-selling author and international speaker hit the stage at AREC 2018.KIDNAPPED Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout received a standing ovation on the Gold Coast after sharing her incredible story of survival.Lindhout was the final speaker in front of more than 4,000 participants attending the two-day Australasian Real Estate Conference on the Gold Coast in Queensland today. Fighting back tears, the 36-year-old had the entire room captivated as she took the audience through her kidnapping ordeal.
Published on July 11, 2020 at 6:26 pm Contact Thomas: [email protected] | @ThomasShults5 Facebook Twitter Google+ The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Sideline Cancer’s run began with just over two minutes to go in the third quarter. On a fastbreak, SC’s Jamel Artis drove down the lane and found Dion Wright on the right side of the basket. Wright collected the pass, spun to his right and shed a defender before finishing the uncontested layup to improve Sideline Cancer’s lead to 39-34.By the end of the third, the run had become 11-0 and extended to 24-2 before a layup from John Gillon. No. 22 Sideline Cancer turned a tie at halftime into a 14-point lead over No. 3 Boeheim’s Army and cruised to a 65-48 victory in The Basketball Tournament’s quarterfinals.While the teams combined to shoot 3-for-30 from 3 in the first half, Sideline Cancer found its rhythm in the second. Marcus Keene struggled, not scoring until late in the third quarter, but Maurice Creek led all scorers with 22 points. With the loss, Boeheim’s Army has now failed to make TBT’s semifinals in five of six tournaments.“They’ve been very heavily relying on (Keene),” Gillon said before the game. “But one point I made was we can’t let someone else kill us just because we take him out of the game.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGillon’s warning foreshadowed the result for Boeheim’s Army. After slowing down Sideline Cancer in the first half, Boeheim’s Army’s defensive strategy started to falter. With just over seven minutes left in the fourth quarter, down 50-34, Demetris Nichols turned the ball over, dropped his head and sighed heavily.A few possessions later, Donte Greene took a fade-away, contested 3-pointer from the corner, which bounced off the side of the rim. SC’s Remy Abell collected a pass before blazing past Eric Devendorf for an easy layup to continue Sideline Cancer’s game-deciding run.Before the matchup, Andrew White III said that Keene would struggle against the 2-3 zone. Unlike man-to-man, Keene couldn’t drive in the lane on one defender. However, when Boeheim’s Army switched to man defense, Sideline Cancer and Keene gained momentum.“If you go back and watch the film, every time I scored is when they went man-to-man in the second half,” Keene said. “The zone threw me off, I feel like it threw the whole team off.”As the second half continued, the bench for Boeheim’s Army became quieter and quieter, while Sideline Cancer head coach Charles Parker continued to scream encouragement.“Attack, attack, attack,” Parker yelled from the sideline.Four McGlynn scored two points and added four rebounds for Sideline Cancer in a quarterfinal win against Boeheim’s Army. Courtesy of Ben SolomonWhile both teams continued to struggle from 3, Sideline Cancer continued its second-half run with a rebounding advantage. Even without Diamond Stone — who missed the game because of injury — Sideline Cancer’s Eric Thompson finished with 18 rebounds and dominated on the glass from the beginning of the game.After winning the opening tip, Sideline Cancer strolled down the court before shooting a 3. After the shot fell short, Thompson, in between Greene and Malachi Richardson, collected the rebound and quickly laid the ball in for an early 2-0 lead.Greene’s struggles from 3 continued on offense. Shot after shot fell short, sometimes as an air-ball, while others barely scraped the rim. Greene finished 0-for-6 from 3 with just eight points.Only four players scored over eight points for Boeheim’s Army, and Devendorf led with 14 points on 6-for-16 shooting. After taking care of the ball against Men of Mackey, BA finished with 11 turnovers.With seven minutes and 20 seconds left in the second quarter, Gillon drove into the lane and began a Euro step. He lost control as he hopped from his right foot to his left with the ball over his head, and Richardson jumped for a contested layup minutes later. The ball spun off after rolling around the rim, and Sideline Cancer collected the rebound.As Sideline Cancer began its fastbreak, Will Rayman intercepted a lazy bounce pass. The Colgate graduate reversed the transition offense and attempted a contested layup of his own. But like Richardson and Gillon, Rayman couldn’t convert.By the third quarter’s midpoint, Sideline Cancer was in full control. Even Keene – the focal point of BA’s defense – was starting to find open looks. With a 2-3 zone in disarray in front of him, Keene hit a wide-open 3 from the wing to extend Sideline Cancer’s lead. And as those looks became more and more common in the fourth quarter, Boeheim’s Army inched toward its tournament exit.“We had our chances, we had our shots,” BA head coach Ryan Blackwell said. “We had another shot today and we just didn’t capitalize.” Comments