Family confirms Amanda Lindhout returning home

A family spokeswoman is confirming that an Alberta woman recently freed after 15 months of captivity in Somalia will return to Canada this week.

A family spokeswoman is confirming that an Alberta woman recently freed after 15 months of captivity in Somalia will return to Canada this week.

Sarah Geddes says in an email that freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout and her family have left Nairobi.

Geddes says no other details are being released because the family has requested privacy.

A website devoted to Lindhout’s release has also posted a message that says the Canadian government is sending a plane to Kenya to bring her home, although Foreign Affairs officials have not confirmed that.

Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan had been staying in Nairobi for medical treatment since they were let go Nov. 25.

The families reportedly paid a ransom to the kidnappers of between US$500,000 and $700,000.

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