Thanks to the Ottawa International Writers Festival, I had the tremendous opportunity to meet Amanda Lindhout and hear her story in her own words. If Amanda’s name does not ring familiar, let me explain who she is. She is a young Canadian woman who has published a memoir (A House in the Sky) of her experience as a hostage in Somalia for 460 days.
Let that sink in for a moment: Four-hundred and sixty days. These were not 460 days in a Canadian-style prison. She was held hostage and repeatedly tortured in ways that were brutal and inhumane.
But here’s the thing: She survived. [Read more...]