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    It was a slow understanding that the lack of education in a country like Somalia creates these huge social problems.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    I have a general sense of excitement about the future, and I don't know what that looks like yet. But it will be whatever I make it.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: future 
     
    For a while, the world for me was like a set of monkey bars. I swung from one place to the next, sometimes backward, sometimes forward, capitalizing on my own momentum, knowing that at some point my arms... would give out, and I'd fall to the ground.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: world  knowing 
     
    My confidence came from the way I grew up, and I'm grateful for it.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: confidence 
     
    Because travel has always been such a vital part of myself and so essential to who I am, I have made the decision to continue to put myself back out into the world. And that's not an easy decision to make.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: travel  world  decision 
     
    The book is called 'A House in the Sky' because during the very, very darkest times, that was how I survived. I had to find a safe place to go in my mind where there was no violence being done to my body and where I could reflect on the life I had lived and the life that I still wanted to live.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: time  live  violence  body  sky  mind  book 
     
    What happened to me in Somalia doesn't define me.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    It was a slow understanding that my kidnappers really are a product of their environment.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    Many, including the Canadian and U.S. governments, try to provide family support while also maintaining a hard line about further fuelling terrorism and hostage-taking through ransom payments ... Still, try telling that to a mother, or a father, or a husband or wife caught in the powerless agony of standing by.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    Somalia is an important story in the world, and it needed to be told.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: world  stories 
     
    Going into Somalia, I didn't anticipate how many people's lives would be affected by it. In hindsight, I certainly wish I had taken more time to think about that, but I can't change it.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: time  live  wishes 
     
    Sometimes, you have to make the choice to forgive 10 times a day when you have these pockets of anger come up. That's a lot of work, but to me it's worthwhile.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: time  work  anger  choice 
     
    I went through an extremely trying ordeal, but I never forgot the world outside was a beautiful place.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: world  beautiful 
     
    My faith in human decency was sorely tested at times during my captivity; however, after my release, I am humbly reminded that mankind is inherently good by the tremendous efforts and support of fellow Canadians.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: time  human  mankind  faith 
     
    When you see a 14-year-old boy who has never known what peace looks like for a day in his life, there's part of you as a human being that feels some degree, you can say, compassion for the fact that these boys have known war, famine, violence and death from the day they were born.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    I never felt an obligation to say every single terrible thing that happened to me.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    Sometimes it's nice for people not to know anything about me.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: people 
     
    I must thank my good friend Nigel Brennan. His strength of character in the midst of extreme hardship inspired me during the darkest days. Despite our separation, he always managed to find small ways to remind me that there are gentlemen in the world, even when I was surrounded by just the opposite.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    I would like to especially acknowledge my home community of Calgary, and the people of central Alberta who made my dream of freedom a reality.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    Accompanied by an Australian photographer named Nigel Brennan, I'd gone to Somalia to work as a freelance journalist, on a trip that was meant to last only ten days.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: work  gone  photographer 
     
    My captors were definitely aware that what they were doing was wrong. It came out in small ways - occasionally through a show of guilt or compassion. One of the boys bought me a gift. Another used to sneak me acetaminophen tablets.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: compassion  guilt  wrong  gift  boys 
     
    War dehumanizes everyone.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: war 
     
    I made a vow to myself while I was a hostage that if I were lucky enough to live and to get out of Somalia, I would do something meaningful with my life - and specifically something that would be meaningful in the country where I'd lost my freedom.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: freedom  live  lost 
     
    After spending 460 days as a hostage, I did emerge a fundamentally changed person. But I think, like everyone does as they grow older and probably wiser, I can look back at my earlier life - my history, my mistakes, the joy I felt as a young woman traveling the world - with some objectivity and even some humor.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: humor  people  women  joy  world  young  mistakes 
     
    The big-time journalists generally had kidnapping insurance through their news organizations. Usually, it would pay for a crisis response company to help negotiate for a hostage's release. Freelancers most often had none.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: help  company 
     
    You have a responsibility to move your dreams forward, no matter what.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    The countries with the greatest problems have the kindest people.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: people  problem 
     
    With awareness come responsibility and choice.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination - what do you dream of wanting to do?
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: gift  dreams  imagination 
     
    Hamdi Ulukaya and Chobani have made the decision to feed 250,000 victims of the Somali famine. Their compassion speaks for itself, and is a shining example of how the business community can have an enormous positive impact on the world.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    What a woman is taught, she shares with her family.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: women  shares 
     
    I must try desperately to absorb all information I can about the Middle East. I want to excel. I want to speak articulately about the politics of the Middle East and its religion.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: politics 
     
    It's difficult to put into words what freedom feels like. You only know what freedom feels like if you know what it feels like to not be free.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: freedom 
     
    The same men who are placing all these outrageous restrictions on women's freedoms in southern Somalia - that type of mentality - that's what I had to deal with in captivity.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: men  freedom 
     
    Hillary Clinton has a strong and powerful voice regarding ending violence against women and girls.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    Somalia is very dangerous, and no one knows that better than I.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: dangerous 
     
    I'm afraid of the dark, but I choose to sleep in the dark. I can fall right to sleep with the lights on. But I want to be someone who can sleep in the dark, so that's the choice that I make.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: choice  sleep  dark  right  afraid 
     
    I, too, was carrying around my own fate. All the things I couldn't know sat somewhere inside, embroidered into me-maybe not quite fixed to the point of inevitability but waiting, in any event, for a chance to unspool.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: fate  chance 
     
    Women in Somalia face almost unimaginable oppression.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: women  oppression 
     
    Christmas was the one time of year when my brothers surfaced at home, when my parents and grandparents congregated to eat my mother's roast turkey.
    — Amanda Lindhout
    tags: time  christmas  mother  parent  year 
     
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