CANADIAN bleeding heart reporter, Amanda Lindhout, traveled to Somalia hoping to find a story that would launch her career as a television reporter

What she found nearly ended her life – a 460-day nightmare with Somali Muslim captors in which she was forced to convert to Islam, starved, beaten, and repeatedly sexually brutalized by multiple men.

Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan in Mogadishu after being released from captivity
Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan in Mogadishu after being released from captivity

According to the description of her book, A House in the Sky, Lindhout spent fifteen months “of harrowing captivity” after being pulled from the car in which she was traveling by a group of masked men.  Lindhout was trussed up like an animal, tied for days with her hands and feet pulled together tightly behind her back. Lindhout who is now 32-years-old concedes she was naive to have traveled to such a dangerous country for the thrill. In an interview last year, she said “it was not a wise decision to make” and agrees with criticism she has faced for having traveled there.

Yet, after this horrific ordeal, she went back to Somalia several times. READ MORE