Freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout and photographer Nigel Brennan spoke to an AFP correspondent in Mogadishu by phone for five minutes on Sunday from an undisclosed location.
The call was obtained after weeks of efforts to establish contact with the hostages, who appeared to be reading or reciting a statement, possibly under duress. There was no independent confirmation of their identities.
"I have been sick for months. Unless my government, the people of Canada, all my family and friends can get one million dollars, I will die here, OK that is certain," Lindhout said, sobbing and sounding very distressed...more..http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090525/wl_asia_afp/somaliaunrestcanadaaustraliakidnapmedia_20090525113647 or Somalia_Journalist_