Armed gunmen kidnapped her, the power of her mind saved her
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Armed gunmen kidnapped her, the power of her mind saved her

She was being kidnapped. It took a while for that reality to set in. As an aid worker in Somalia, Jessica Buchanan was not supposed to be a target, but there was a lot of clan fighting in the southern part of the country, resources were scarce, and ransom demands could be sky high. What does it take to survive being held hostage under the worst imaginable conditions for weeks that turn into months? Jessica shares how to be the hero of your story and use any life-defining moment to show you what you’re made of.

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Her moment of self-abandonment.
  • Being abducted by Somali Pirates in October 2011.
  • The routine and days of being a prisoner.
  • How her mom, who passed just before the kidnapping, was able to help her.
  • Being rescued by SEAL Team Six and her reintegration process.
  • Life after she returned home and how she’s using this experience to build community.

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