Beaten, starved, gang-raped and ‘forced to give birth to a child in captivity,’ horrifying story of woman.

Survival: Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan smile in November 2009 after being freed following 15 months in captivity

A waitress-turned-journalist has revealed her hellish tale of 15 months being held hostage by Somali terrorists where captors gang-raped her and played Russian roulette with an assault rifle.

Amanda Lindhout naively flew to the impoverished and volatile nation in 2007 at the age of 24 after convincing an ex-boyfriend to come along on the dangerous jaunt.

Miss Lindhout and Nigel Brennan, a 36-year-old Australian photographer, were kidnapped on their third day in the country. 

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Naive: Aspiring journalist Amanda Lindhout (left) and photographer Nigel Brennan (right) were taken hostage in Somalia in 2007
Naive: Aspiring journalist Amanda Lindhout (left) and photographer Nigel Brennan (right) were taken hostage in Somalia in 2007
 

Naive: Aspiring journalist Amanda Lindhout (left) and photographer Nigel Brennan (right) were taken hostage in Somalia in 2007 

 

 

 

 
Survival: Amanda Lindhout and Nigel Brennan smile in November 2009 after being freed following 15 months in captivity

 

A Somali journalist, Abdifatah Mohammed Elmi, who was working as their interpreter, was also kidnapped, but released after several months.

The couple’s ensuing 15 months in captivity are described in all their horrific detail in Lindhout’s memoir, A House in the Sky, out next week, according to the New York Post.

Brennan had no experience of war zones and Lindhout has spent little time in Iraq where she had been taken hostage once before.

 

 In Mogadishu, she horrified veteran journalists with her bravado and naivety with one Robert Draper emailing his girlfriend: ‘She’s going to get herself or someone else killed.’

Somalia, which has lacked an effective central government for 18 years, is a dangerous place for foreign aid workers and journalists as they risk being kidnapped and held by gunmen until a ransom is paid.

The Western-backed administration of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is battling al Shabaab and other rebel groups, and controls little more than a few blocks of the capital.

Book deal: A House In The Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett is out this week

 

Lindhout and Brennan were taken hostage after terrorists stalked their hotel and the pair were set up by their fixer.

They were kidnapped on August 23, 2008 as they went to visit a refugee camp outside the capital.

They are told that $3million in ransom money is wanted for them both.

The conditions quickly became brutal as they were beaten and starved and Lindhout repeatedly gang-raped.

Fearing that they may be killed, the pair decide that their chance of survival will improve if they convert to Islam.

They are immediately put in separate rooms where the torture continues.

Mr Brennan is helpless as he hears Lindhout being raped through the thin walls of their prison.

One captor puts his assault rifle to her head and plays Russian roulette, the Post reported.

They are constantly moved to different houses that they give different names.

The couple lived in constant fear that they would be handed over to hardline rebels al Shabaab, which Washington claims are al Qaeda’s proxy in Somalia.

Lindhout develops a fungal infection on her face, her hair and toenails fall out while Brennan suffers dysentery.

After 100 nights, Lindhout is taken alone out into the desert. She is told to kneel and has her head snapped back with a yank of her hair, a knife pushed against her throat.

She begs for her life and is given a cell phone to call her mother and plead for a million dollars or she would be killed. 

She writes, according to the Post: ‘I sobbed in the dirt, sounding like an animal, like something wounded and incapable of speech.’