Amanda Lindhout: I Was Kidnapped, Raped & Tortured In Somalia

Sun, September 1, 2013 4:55pm EDT by 28 Comments
Amanda Lindhout House In The Sky
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In 2008, the 24-year-old waitress/amateur journalist traveled to Somalia in search of life-changing war-zone scoops, only to be taken captive on her third day in the country. Amanda is now telling the story of her horrific 15-month captivity in shocking, in-depth detail.

Amanda Lindhout, 29, may be on the heels of the release of her memoir, A House in the Sky (out Sept. 10), but four short years ago it looked doubtful that she would ever live another day. After Amanda, who was really just a waitress from Canada, naively wandered into the dangerous war zone of Somalia, Africa with her Australian ex-boyfriend, Nigel Brennan, the two were taken captive and tortured viciously by a group of revolutionaries. The tale that follows is truly breathtaking and terrifying.

‘A House In The Sky': Amanda Lindhout’s Horrifying Tale

Going where most professional journalists would not, into a place without an effective government that is controlled by factions of militia, Amanda recounts how she and Nigel were ill-prepared for such dire circumstances. And as easy targets, they were taken quickly — on their third day in Somalia.

Upon her capture, Amanda was immediately taken into a room and molested by an Islamic jihadi. The group that took them told them they would be released for a price — $3 million each. With the chances of their families coming up with that money close to none, Amanda and Nigel plotted that the best way to survive would be to convert to Islam.

Amanda Lindhout Converts To Islam

But the conversion only made things worse. The captured pair were forced to follow the laws of the Muslim religion — they no were no longer allowed to share the same room — all while their captors continued to starve and beat them and bend the religion’s rules: a Muslim may not rape another Muslim woman, but this was a special circumstance, they said; a Muslim may not take money from another Muslim, but this was a special circumstance, and so on.

Amanda recalls that she was raped on a nightly basis — it has been reported that Amanda gave birth to a son, named Osama, while in captivity, but she has not confirmed the claim, according to the New York Post. At one point, Amanda’s captors even forced her to lay down on a bed while they played Russian roulette, sticking an assault rifle to her head teasingly.

100 days into captivity, the jihadis held a knife to Amanda’s throat, intent on killing her before telling her to call her mother and tell her — $1 million in one week or she will be killed.

Amanda Lindhout & Nigel Brennan Are Freed

After a later failed escape attempt resulted in horrific gang rapes for Amanda, her family and Nigel’s took it upon themselves to free their loved ones. One of Nigel’s siblings reportedly risked his life to transport money to Somalia. Finally, on November 25, 2009, after 15 months had passed, Amanda and Nigel were freed.

Nigel published his memoir, Price of a Life, in 2011 — now it is Amanda’s turn. Her in-depth account will no doubt be difficult to read, but it is also an incredible story of survival. What’s more, Amanda has since returned to Somalia, where she works on behalf of her organization, the Global Enrichment Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of Kenyan and Somali women.

WATCH: Amanda Lindhout Delivers Gripping Speech

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Vicious

Posted at 8:52 AM on August 16, 2014  

Stupid woman. Those muslims are hyenas.

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Posted at 4:16 PM on January 7, 2014  

I was recommended this blog by my cousin.
I am not sure whether this post is written by him as no one else know such detailed
about my trouble. You’re wonderful! Thanks!

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Crock Of Chit

Posted at 7:16 PM on October 7, 2013  

Kidnapped, raped, and had a baby by one of her capture’s and glammed out like Kim Ho and grinning from ear to ear with her veneers and Botox uuuuummm what is this girl smoking??????? Something isn’t screwed on so tight in that head of hers!!!!!! Amanda isn’t wrapped too tight!!!!! Just a famewhore!!! I’m disgusted at her irresponsibility and stupidity!! Now she has some random Somali bastard out there because of her stupidity! She should have never been there in the first place! Who raised this IDIOT!

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I smell a RAT!!!

Posted at 7:04 PM on October 7, 2013  

Nigel said he overheard Amanda telling her mother on the phone to use the ransom money that was collected mostly by citizens in Australia to only use to free Amanda. You know there’s always two sides to a story and the National Geographic Journalists observation on Amanda. Please research!

I honestly think she’s desperate for attention and she got it at a price. I also think she put a lot of people’s lives in danger due to her self obsession. There’s something really fishy about her and accounts. I sure would love to hear ALL of their tapped phone conversations! She’s a girl who uses her looks and bats her lashes, but underneath is a cunning little rat. I’m quite discusted about her using the money to ONLY use to RELEASE HERSELF, but couldn’t because the money was in a Australian bank account!!!!! HA!!!! Men take notes! Don’t always be a sucker for a pretty face! Usually theres trouble that comes along with it! I’m sure Nigel learned his lesson. Hope she finds her baby son Obama who she had by one of those dusty Somali’s! ;)

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Elle Oop

Posted at 11:02 AM on September 8, 2013  

Am I the only one who is skeptical of this whole ordeal? Forgive me, but I’m having a difficult time with this whole story.

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Shaka Boy

Posted at 3:24 PM on September 8, 2013  

It beats my why Hollywood people don’t understand what a Vision Quest is – that headstrong drive to go on a mindbending adventure that no one in their right mind would do. It is a also a subconscious pathology that usually plays out some family issue. In Amanda’s case it was her single mother’s involvement and then abduction in a religious cult in Japan when Amanda was a teen. You can be pretty sure Amanda was angling to replay this scenario and come up with a better solution. She probably did, but at what a price!

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Cathy (@Peppy_5)

Posted at 7:45 PM on September 7, 2013  

I was shocked with this story–I just don’t understand how Canada didn’t help them–some times in life we forget how close to EVIL you can get and make mistakes—-FIRST of ALL when there is a beautiful YOUNG girl in ANY strange country–they have to be warned–I feel she was just too-too young and horribly paid the price–my HEART goes out to her and her Mother and if she did have a child then I hope she keeps it unaware how it was born–GOD BLESS HER–BUT I just don’t understand how she could go back–I personally would NEVER GO NEAR ANY OF THOSE PLACES–SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL–stay in America —and bring you Mother with you–enjoy the rest of your life–(:>)

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Maureen

Posted at 1:53 PM on September 25, 2013  

Just the the US, Canada does not deal with terrorists. This sort of incident would never end if governments give in to these people.

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Posted at 1:58 AM on September 3, 2013  

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Mobetta Jenkem

Posted at 5:33 PM on September 2, 2013  

LibTard is as LibTard does…

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LissaCaldina

Posted at 5:56 AM on September 2, 2013  

Victor Logan

Posted at 4:36 AM on September 2, 2013  

There is obviously something very wrong with this woman. People talk about her “ordeal” or “surival”, but what kind of person goes into a war zone without journalistic or military training, briefing, etc. Amanda Lindhout

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Michelle

Posted at 3:59 AM on September 2, 2013  

Just distgusting! I couldnt read that book. She did put herself into it though, Knowing the world she was going into. My question is, though… why is her boyfriend now an ex?

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Victor Logan

Posted at 4:32 AM on September 2, 2013  

She was gang raped in Africa. Who knows what STD’s she has.

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Mackie-Ann

Posted at 10:40 AM on September 6, 2013  

her boyfriend is now her ex because he overheard her on the phone begging her parents to come u with the ransom money and asking them do do what ever it take, just get the $ to free her.

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Lee

Posted at 12:50 AM on September 2, 2013  

I am struck by this line, “Going where most professional journalists would not..” This strongly suggests to me that maybe she and her boyfriend had some inkling of the danger that they were exposing themselves.. It’s one thing to accidentally get hit by a car — it’s quite a different story if it turns out that you got hit by a car because you were trying to jaywalk across a busy 8 lane freeway.

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khadijah

Posted at 12:31 AM on September 2, 2013  

that’s not islam, those people obviously have no idea what islam is. These are unacceptable acts by them. They seems to had lost all sense of faith and yet call themselves muslim?jihadi? what a joke. As a muslim, I had to defend that this is not what islam teaches us

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Anon

Posted at 8:34 PM on September 3, 2013  

That’s what every Muslim says about terrorism/ rape — those aren’t real Muslims. Why don’t you apply sharia without involving Western powers and execute all of the rapists? Unless you don’t think rape and torture are serious. Let Somalia burn to the ground.

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Jellybean

Posted at 11:49 PM on September 1, 2013  

Islam isn’t a race. It’s a religion @ben lol gawd please tell me you’re like under 14 cause then I can let your comment go without laughing. Ha.

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abe

Posted at 11:07 PM on September 1, 2013  

this ‘Dissaster’ pay’s out for her…………..

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Ben

Posted at 10:31 PM on September 1, 2013  

Hiding behind the veil of Islam, pathetic race of people, barbaric animals perpetrating horrible crimes in the name of god. They will be the undoing of the world.

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james

Posted at 8:38 PM on September 1, 2013  

i used to have nothing against islam….now im just wondering wtf is wrong with them.

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Abdelrahman

Posted at 4:23 PM on September 2, 2013  

These people aren’t muslims! These people broke the holy laws of “their” religion and clearly are no longer abiding to the muslim religion.

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house

Posted at 6:53 PM on September 1, 2013  

So much for Islam being a peaceful religion…..

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concerned

Posted at 4:51 AM on September 3, 2013  

That’s not Islam and a muslim act by its religion.The story concerned me greatly because those people clearly using the name of ‘Islam’ to represent their actions which are (if it really happens) barbaric and sadistic. And also there’s something wrong with that woman, she’s milking it her story thats for sure

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White Shaka

Posted at 5:50 PM on September 1, 2013  

Is this really the story of a naif?

Or is it the unconscious quest of a girl to solve her family’s riddle – and become a sexual martyr in bridging the Islamic World?

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