Lindhout reaches Nairobi

Reports suggest families paid US$600,000 in ransom

Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan landed by charter plane in Nairobi this morning before a cavalcade of vehicles, some with diplomatic plates, whisked the newly-released pair through a mob of reporters. The CBC reports that the families of Lindhout and Brennan paid their captors US$600,000 in ransom to secure their release after 15 months in Somalia. An Australian newspaper notes that while Lindhout has been transparent about the payout in interviews, Brennan has remained silent. Photographs taken in Mogadishu prior to their flight to Nairobi show the journalists as thin but apparently healthy, Lindhout in Muslim dress, Brennan with a long beard. The pair, she a freelance TV and print journalist from Red Deer, he an Australian photojournalist, had arrived in Mogadishu last August to report on conditions in Somalia. Lindhout is now said to have been reunited with her mother in Kenya and has been taken to hospital in Nairobi for an assessment. Meanwhile, a Calgary spokeswoman this morning reiterated the Lindhout family’s desire for privacy in the wake of her release.

CBC News
Calgary Herald

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