For Immediate Release – November 5, 2013
Media Contact: Alicia Steger
Nassau Community College Presents
Surviving 460 Days of Brutal Captivity:
Freedom and Forgiveness
Garden City, NY – Nassau Community College is pleased to present the cultural program Surviving 460 Days of Brutal Captivity: Freedom and Forgiveness, with speaker Amanda Lindhout, who was a hostage for 460 days in Somalia. The program will take place on Monday, November 25 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 252/253 of the College Center Building.
Somalia, August 2008: 27-year old freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout is kidnapped by Islamic insurgents. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory — every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.
Held captive for 15 months under deplorable conditions, Lindhout was finally ransomed and freed. In her book about this experience, A House in the Sky, she explains how her journey through regret, anger and pain ultimately led her to discover that as long as she retained her ability to feel compassion, her humanity could never be taken from her. Today, Lindhout is the Executive Director of Global Enrichment Foundation, engaging in charitable and relief work in Somalia and other countries.
Surviving 460 Days of Brutal Captivity: Freedom and Forgiveness is sponsored by NCC's Cultural Program. For more information about the program, which is free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled, call 516.572.7148.
About Nassau Community College
Nassau Community College, a division of the State University of New York, is an institution where over 23,000 full- and part-time students and approximately 10,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence. For more information, visit www.ncc.edu.