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With awareness come responsibility and choice. — Amanda Lindhout

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I've realized that the world is, in essence, full of banana peels - loaded with things that may unwittingly trip an internal wire in my mind, opening a floodgate of fears without warning. — Amanda Lindhout

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I don't think I'm unusual in that, in my 20s, like many people, I felt invincible. — Amanda Lindhout

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I never felt an obligation to say every single terrible thing that happened to me. — Amanda Lindhout

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I have watched lives change. I have seen women gain confidence. — Amanda Lindhout

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Dark Star Safari, — Amanda Lindhout

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Getting on a plane is hard for me, but I do it, because travel is vital to me. — Amanda Lindhout

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We all waited on an afterlife. Only I planned to be alive for mine. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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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

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Because that's the thing about the exact moment when you get somewhere that has required effort: There's a freeze-frame instant of total fulfillment, when every expectation has been met and the world is perfect. — Amanda Lindhout

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What was reckless, I decided, was the way people were writing off huge swaths of the world as unsafe, unstable, unfriendly, when all they needed to do was go and see for themselves — Amanda Lindhout

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I think it's the human spirit inside of all of us that has an enormous capacity to survive. — Amanda Lindhout

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I think that I find a lot of my healing out in the world. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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Nothing had changed and so had everything. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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Somalia is an important story in the world, and it needed to be told. — Amanda Lindhout

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I went through an extremely trying ordeal, but I never forgot the world outside was a beautiful place. — Amanda Lindhout

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It is an obvious fact that you can never look ahead with clarity at your own future or anybody else's. You can't know what will happen until it happens. Or maybe it dawns on you the split second before, when you get a glimpse of your own fate. — Amanda Lindhout

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After being in captivity for so long, I can't begin to describe how wonderful it feels to be home in Canada. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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What a woman is taught, she shares with her family. — Amanda Lindhout

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Hillary Clinton has a strong and powerful voice regarding ending violence against women and girls. — Amanda Lindhout

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I am so proud to be a Canadian. — Amanda Lindhout

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You have a responsibility to move your dreams forward, no matter what. — Amanda Lindhout

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It was a slow understanding that my kidnappers really are a product of their environment. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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Sometimes it's nice for people not to know anything about me. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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I'm afraid of elevators, because they are an enclosed space, but I get in. — Amanda Lindhout

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Travel was good for my anxious soul. Which is not to say that I relaxed completely. When — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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Something happens when you are alone most of the time, when there are no distractions. Your mind grows more powerful--muscular, even. It takes over and starts to carry you. — Amanda Lindhout

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Somalia is very dangerous, and no one knows that better than I. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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writing it helped me to believe it. It staked some claim on the truth. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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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

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Forgiving is not an easy thing to do. — Amanda Lindhout

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In my version of paradise, the air was always cold and the rivers ran with candy. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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What happened to me in Somalia doesn't define me. — Amanda Lindhout

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In my mind, I built stairways. At the end of the stairways, I imagined rooms. These were high, airy places with big windows and a cool breeze moving through. I imagined one room opening brightly onto another room until I'd built a house, a place with hallways and more staircases. I built many houses, one after another, and those gave rise to a city -- a calm, sparkling city near the ocean, a place like Vancouver. I put myself there, and that's where I lived, in the wide-open sky of my mind. I made friends and read books and went running on a footpath in a jewel-green park along the harbour. I ate pancakes drizzled in syrup and took baths and watched sunlight pour through trees. This wasn't longing, and it wasn't insanity. It was relief. It got me through. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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It's only your body that's suffering, and you are not your body. The rest of you is fine. — Amanda Lindhout

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Contemplating Christmas when you are isolated and far from home brings its own unique pain. — Amanda Lindhout

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Friendships that don't fit my life anymore have faded away, and new ones have come in. — Amanda Lindhout

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I don't only long for the thrill of being in the middle of a war, I must understand it; I must make other people understand. — Amanda Lindhout

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By concentrating on what I was grateful for, I was able to stave off despair. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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I'd spent my life believing that people were, at heart, kind and good. This was what the world had shown me. [...] If humans could be this monstrous, maybe I'd had everything wrong. If thid was the world, I didn't want to live in it. That was the scariest and most disabling thought of all, — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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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

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The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination - what do you dream of wanting to do? — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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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

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The road to recovery will not always be easy, but I will take it one day at a time, focusing on the moments I've dreamed about for so long. — Amanda Lindhout

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Being in the dark, there's a real weight to it. It's heavy. — Amanda Lindhout

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The countries with the greatest problems have the kindest people. — Amanda Lindhout

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It was a lesson the world had already taught me and was teaching me still. You don't know what's possible until you actually see it. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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A little goes a long way in Somalia: $5 will feed a person there for about two weeks. — Amanda Lindhout

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Maintaining my dignity is so important for me. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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I used my captors' names every chance I had. It was intentional, a way of reminding them that I saw them, of pegging them, of making them see me in return. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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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

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Mr. Nadjafi collected my footage and edited it in ways that cast American troops and American policy in the worst possible light. He rewrote my scripts so that any mention of the war would be described as "the American-led invasion" or "the American-led occupation." The Koran was "the Holy Koran. — Amanda Lindhout

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Women in Somalia face almost unimaginable oppression. — Amanda Lindhout

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I'm not afraid of IED's, bullets, mortars. — Amanda Lindhout

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Every day I have many choices to make about who I want to be. — Amanda Lindhout

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There was a fine line between holding steady and dipping into despair. — Amanda Lindhout

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My confidence came from the way I grew up, and I'm grateful for it. — Amanda Lindhout

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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

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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