24 Freedom Lost, Purpose Found
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 8:00pm
In 2008, Amanda Lindhout was reporting on the fighting in Somalia when she was abducted by soldiers. She survived an unfathomable 460 days in captivity, an ordeal recounted in her memoir A House in the Sky. Perhaps even more unfathomable, however, is Lindhout’s attitude toward her captors, 14- to 18-year-old orphan soldiers. At her weakest moment in captivity, Lindhout says, she was given “a flash of a hidden truth.” No matter what happened to her she could still choose her response; it was the only thing over which she had any control. Following her ransomed release, Lindhout established the Global Enrichment Foundation, a charity to help improve the lives of Somali women. “This work is my life,” Lindhout says. “The country where I lost my freedom is also the place where I have found my life’s purpose.”
This event is sponsored by The Vancouver Sun.