Journalist who spent more than a year in captivity speaking in Kelowna

Amanda Lindhout, 34, was taken hostage by Islamic insurgents and held in Somalia for 460 days. She will be speaking at a church in Kelowna in June.
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KELOWNA - In the wake of another Canadian killed overseas, a journalist who was held hostage in Somalia for more than a year will be speaking in Kelowna this June.

Canadian John Ridsdel was killed by an extremist group in the Philippines this week, leading Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to voice his outrage at the 'heinous act' and Philippine military and police to say they will not let up in the effort to combat the militants and find the rest of the hostages.

In 2008, Amanda Lindhout, 34, was taken hostage by extremists in Somalia. She was tortured and raped before being released after her family paid a ransom in 2009.

She has since written a best selling book and launched a worldwide speaking tour preaching forgiveness and compassion.

Her book, A House in the Sky, recounts her ordeal and was named one of the The Globe Books 100: Best Canadian non-fiction. named it one of the best books of 2013. It was also the winner of the 2014 CBC Bookie Award for Best Canadian Nonfiction.

On June 6, Lindhout will be at Trinity Baptist Church speaking about her experiences and what they taught her. Organized by the Central Okanagan Refugee Committee, the fundraiser will benefit refugees from around the world.

Tickets to the event are $35 and available through the Kelowna Tickets.

For more information, visit the Central Okanagan Refugee Committee website or the Facebook event page.

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