CALGARY — A Canadian freelance journalist who was kidnapped and beaten in Somalia says she bears no grudge against the war-torn country.
Amanda Lindhout spoke publicly Sunday for the first time since she was freed on Nov. 25, telling a Calgary audience that her “thoughts and prayers remain with those who continue to suffer in Somalia.”
“It’s very important for me to say I do not see the men who kidnapped me as a reflection of Somali society as a whole,” she told Alberta’s Somali-Canadian community Sunday.
Lindhout, who cried while watching a slide show of photos of the war-ravaged country at the event in her honour, described her captors as “deeply wounded.”
“Despite my own suffering in Somalia and without condoning what was done to me, I feel that those inflicting the violence, while certainly not innocent, are deeply wounded and war traumatized individuals,” she said...more..