Amanda Lindhout on Dateline
Kidnapping survivor Amanda Lindhout will be featured on NBC’s Dateline tonight at 10 p.m.
The Dateline interview will air days after Lindhout, a former columnist for the Advocate, released her book about the kidnapping, A House in the Sky, co-written by Lindhout and The New York Times Magazine contributing writer Sara Corbett.
The former freelance journalist was kidnapped in Somalia in 2008. Lindhout, then 27, was captured along with Australian photographer Nigel Brennan. They were held hostage for 460 days.
The book recounts Lindhout’s troubled family life while growing up in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake, her passion for travel that eventually led her to Somalia, and the torture she endured at the hands of her captors.
Kidnappers initially demanded $1.3 million for their release. They were set free when the
Lindhout and Brennan families were able to pull together $600,000.
But hiring investigators and facilitators to negotiate their release put the total cost at $1.2 million.