Celebrating Freedom + Forgiveness With Amanda
Featuring Amanda Lindhout
Former Journalist, Founder of the Global Enrichment Foundation
November 23, 2011
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Today, November 25, 2011 is the second anniversary of Amanda’s release.
In 2008 Amanda Lindhout traveled to Somalia as a freelance journalist to research a story on the millions of people affected by two decades of war, drought and famine. Three days after arriving in the country, she was kidnapped by teenage criminals outside of the capital city, Mogadishu, Lindhout spent 460 days as a hostage in one of the world’s poorest countries. Following her release in November 2009, she became an unlikely and passionate advocate for a peaceful future in Somalia. Only four months after returning home, Lindhout founded the Global Enrichment Foundation to ignite leadership in Somalia through sustainable development initiatives.
No longer a journalist, Lindhout has advised international governments, non-profits, business leaders and policy makers on the importance of using education to counter the radicalization of youth and provides insight onto the interrelated issues of poverty and violence against women.
She has been featured in ELLE magazine and appeared on The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, CTV’s Canada AM, CBC’s The National, Radio Canada International, BBC, MSNBC, and a variety of other TV and radio programs both domestic and international speaking about her humanitarian mission in Somalia.
Lindhout studied Development Leadership at the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
For more information about Amanda see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanda_Lindhout. For information about Amanda’s Global Enrichment Foundation see http://globalenrichmentfoundation.com/.