Wordfest - Amanda Lindhout
I am volunteering for WordFest again this year. I am pretty excited! Last year I got to met Jay Ingram and Nora Young. I also went with a friend to see Lemony Snickett. This year I am volunteering AND attending events and it's started off with Amanda Lindhout.
"Amanda Lindhout (born June 12, 1981) is a Canadian humanitarian and journalist. In 2008, she and members of her entourage were kidnapped by Islamist insurgents in southern Somalia. She was released 15 months later on November 25, 2009, and has since embarked on a philanthropic career."
This event was almost two weeks ago and I have needed sometime to gather my thoughts and write them down. I also wanted to read the book before writing this post. So this will be part book review and part thoughts of seeing Amanda speak.
Seeing Amanda speak was a sad wonderful experience. Her story is one that no one should ever have to go through. But here we are and I choose not to read her book before going. I wanted to hear her speak and then read. I am glad I did. I of course did not bring tissue and when ever she teared up I bawled.
The one thing that annoyed me was that I felt like she had to defend herself when it came to her and her relationship with Nigel Brennan. And I don't feel that is something she should have had to do. Her experience in captivity would be totally different than his because she is a woman. I find it frustrating that people would assume because they were together before they should be together now. Things don't always get that typical "American Happy Ending"
This book is written exactly as I had imagined it. Pretty much felt like I was sitting there listening to her talk about her experience. I didn't cry while reading, but I think that's because I already cried over the story and I knew what to expect.
I am very thankful that there was allot of background given before going straight to her kidnapping. I like reading about her travels and it was really nice seeing her brave and unafraid. This girl was fearless! And I hope one day she will be just ask fearless.
It was so weird hearing her talk about the city Kevin and I have come to love. We've been to a few of the places she worked between her travels. I like to see what she has done with her life afterward. Now that I know that Nigel Brennan wrote a book I will definitely be searching for that one to read and probably do a comparison. They both went through the same thing but at the same time it is totally different.
I look forward to seeing how Amanda's Foundation progresses.