Kidnappings and executions of foreign dignataries, aid workers and journalists in hot bed areas around the world is not breaking news to most. I wanted to share today that a 26-year-old Canadian journalist has been abducted in Somalia.
Amanda Lindhout of Red Deer Alberta was abducted along with and Nigel Brennan, 27, from Australia and Abdifatah Mohammed Elm, a Somali photojournalist, sometime after their August 20 arrivial in Mogadishu reports the National Union of Somali Journalists.
It is not clear what the motive of the kidnapping is, whether it is politically or financially driven but there are now another three families around the world with clenched hands, pacing and possibly praying for the safe return of their family members.
Lindhout’s mother says her daughter always believed in front line reporting and that it is the only way to become the best journalist. Her courage and willingness to put herself in harm’s way to tell a story, to share the humanitarian side of a conflict, is worth being recognized and applauded. Click here for the CTV report.
Reporters like Lindhout know the risk they take on by reporting in areas like Iraq, Somalia, Darfur and Afghanistan but their plight does not mean we should just accept their abduction as just another story. If there are no foreign aid workers, volunteers and journalists there on the ground, and not embedded with military, who do we rely on to tell us the true story of tragedies being suffered by others?
On Deadline wanted to put this news story on your radar. If you pray, keep these three abudcted journalists in mind, if you could spare the time.