On 25 May at our South Bank campus, Griffith alumnus and photojournalist Nigel Brennan shared his heart-wrenching story of survival to a full house.
In 2008, Nigel’s life changed forever with event that forced him to look deep inside.
Just four days after travelling to war-torn Somalia to report on the people suffering in the dangerous Red Zones Nigel and Canadian freelance journalist, Amanda Lindhout were kidnapped by Islamist insurgents.
The next 462 days of their ordeal is hard to comprehend. The pair both suffered harsh conditions and were tortured while the group demanded $3 million from their families for their release.
At our recent event, Nigel shared real recordings of their rare phone conversations with their families back home. He also brought along his Koran the only item he had left from his imprisonment.
Guests were amazed to hear that he’s no longer angry at his captures. Instead, Nigel has made peace with his 15 months of imprisonment and says, if they met again he’d even embrace his captures.
Amazingly, this horrific experience transformed Nigel into a more enlightened and conscious person. So much so, he refers to post-traumatic stress disorder as post-traumatic growth phenomenon.
The night also included a book signing, which gave guests the opportunity to ask further questions and take away their own copy of his book, The Price of Life.
Nigel’s story demonstrates the strength of the human spirit and challenges us to approach life’s inevitable challenges with a different attitude.
To read about his incredible story, purchase Nigel’s book, The Price of Life.