Amanda Lindhout

It was a slow understanding that the lack of education in a country like Somalia creates these huge social problems.Amanda Lindhout

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I think that I find a lot of my healing out in the world.Amanda Lindhout

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The same men who are placing all these outrageous restrictions on women's freedoms in southern Somalia - that type of mentality - that's what I had to deal with in captivity.Amanda Lindhout

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It's difficult to put into words what freedom feels like. You only know what freedom feels like if you know what it feels like to not be free.Amanda Lindhout

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I must try desperately to absorb all information I can about the Middle East. I want to excel. I want to speak articulately about the politics of the Middle East and its religion.Amanda Lindhout

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I don't only long for the thrill of being in the middle of a war, I must understand it; I must make other people understand.Amanda Lindhout

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I'm not afraid of IED's, bullets, mortars.Amanda Lindhout

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What a woman is taught, she shares with her family.Amanda Lindhout

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Hamdi Ulukaya and Chobani have made the decision to feed 250,000 victims of the Somali famine. Their compassion speaks for itself, and is a shining example of how the business community can have an enormous positive impact on the world.Amanda Lindhout

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With awareness come responsibility and choice.Amanda Lindhout

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The countries with the greatest problems have the kindest people.Amanda Lindhout

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You have a responsibility to move your dreams forward, no matter what.Amanda Lindhout

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The big-time journalists generally had kidnapping insurance through their news organizations. Usually, it would pay for a crisis response company to help negotiate for a hostage's release. Freelancers most often had none.Amanda Lindhout

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After spending 460 days as a hostage, I did emerge a fundamentally changed person. But I think, like everyone does as they grow older and probably wiser, I can look back at my earlier life - my history, my mistakes, the joy I felt as a young woman traveling the world - with some objectivity and even some humor.Amanda Lindhout

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I made a vow to myself while I was a hostage that if I were lucky enough to live and to get out of Somalia, I would do something meaningful with my life - and specifically something that would be meaningful in the country where I'd lost my freedom.Amanda Lindhout

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War dehumanizes everyone.Amanda Lindhout

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My captors were definitely aware that what they were doing was wrong. It came out in small ways - occasionally through a show of guilt or compassion. One of the boys bought me a gift. Another used to sneak me acetaminophen tablets.Amanda Lindhout

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Contemplating Christmas when you are isolated and far from home brings its own unique pain.Amanda Lindhout

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Accompanied by an Australian photographer named Nigel Brennan, I'd gone to Somalia to work as a freelance journalist, on a trip that was meant to last only ten days.Amanda Lindhout

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Christmas was the one time of year when my brothers surfaced at home, when my parents and grandparents congregated to eat my mother's roast turkey.Amanda Lindhout

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I would like to especially acknowledge my home community of Calgary, and the people of central Alberta who made my dream of freedom a reality.Amanda Lindhout

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I must thank my good friend Nigel Brennan. His strength of character in the midst of extreme hardship inspired me during the darkest days. Despite our separation, he always managed to find small ways to remind me that there are gentlemen in the world, even when I was surrounded by just the opposite.Amanda Lindhout

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I am so proud to be a Canadian.Amanda Lindhout

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Sometimes it's nice for people not to know anything about me.Amanda Lindhout

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Friendships that don't fit my life anymore have faded away, and new ones have come in.Amanda Lindhout

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I never felt an obligation to say every single terrible thing that happened to me.Amanda Lindhout

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I went through an extremely trying ordeal, but I never forgot the world outside was a beautiful place.Amanda Lindhout

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The road to recovery will not always be easy, but I will take it one day at a time, focusing on the moments I've dreamed about for so long.Amanda Lindhout

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I think it's the human spirit inside of all of us that has an enormous capacity to survive.Amanda Lindhout

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Hillary Clinton has a strong and powerful voice regarding ending violence against women and girls.Amanda Lindhout

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