"There's a famous old story in the journalism world about the news anchor Dan Rather. He was a young and inexperienced television reporter working for a second-rate TV station in Houston, Texas, in the early 1960s, when a monstrous hurricane barreled through the Gulf of Mexico, headed toward the island of Galveston. All the other reporters, it's said, scrambled for the shelter and safety of their mainland newsrooms. But Dan Rather drove over the bridge and waited for the storm. When it bore down on Galveston, . . . . he delivered live reports from the windiest and most dangerous heights.
He might have failed that day. He could have been injured or killed, in which case, he would have become a footnote, known fleetingly as the guy who inserted himself into a hurricane and died, ruined by his own ambition. Instead, though, the gamble paid off. He survived the storm."
Title: A House in the Sky
Authors: Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
Most young men choose to join a gang for protection from other gangs, and capturing a Western hostage is the ultimate way to obtain the money they desperately need--for food, clothes, working phones, and even more complex things like weddings and travel. If they had better opportunities for schooling and jobs, perhaps they wouldn't need to rely on gangs and violence to get a head. Amanda realized Somalia's lack of educational opportunities, and after she was released, she worked with various charities that support food relief and educational opportunities in Somalia, including the Global Enrichment Foundation, which she founded.
Would it be worth the risk if you only ended up as a "footnote" in a newspaper article somewhere?