As a child, Amanda’s distraction from difficult life circumstances was old National Geographic’s, and as soon as she became an adult, she began to travel and write about the places in those magazines. It was a trip to Somalia, to report on the war that was her undoing, on her fourth day she was kidnapped and held for ransom for over a year.
Lindhout tells an intriguing story, both of her life prior to the kidnapping, and the life with her captors. Nigel, a photographer, was kidnapped and held alongside her, and while they could serve as comfort and encouragement for each other their history made things very complicated. It’s an interesting and intense read, and well worth picking up.