Amanda Lindhout talks about her memoir, ‘A House in the Sky,’ and her 460 days of captivity as the hostage of Somali militants.
In 2008, a 27-year-old Canadian freelancer named Amanda Lindhout and her Aussie photog ex-boyfriend, Nigel Brennan, crossed into Somalia seeking stories from the frontlines of the world's most war-torn and desolate failed state. En route to visit a camp for displaced people, the two were kidnapped by Islamic fundamentalists—a case, it turned out, of mistaken identity, and one that led to a nightmarish 460 days in captivity for the pair as their captors sought to ransom them for millions. The two endured unspeakable atrocities, yet managed to transcend the horrors through immense resilience and compassion. Now, Lindhout and co-author Sara Corbett have brought the story of the abduction to life in an elegant and wrenching memoir, A House in the Sky. Lindhout spoke to The Daily Beast about survival, Somalia, and starting a foundation to give the country’s next generation a better chance.
The Daily Beast: Why did you decide to tell your story now and what compelled you to partner with Sara Corbett to write the book?