Photojournalist Nigel Brennan has been released after being held captive in Somalia for 15 months.
Photojournalist Nigel Brennan has been released after being held captive in Somalia for 15 months. Department of Foreign Affairs Neville Madsen

Nigel Brennan released in Somalia

THE friends and family of kidnapped photojournalist Nigel Brennan remain nervous about his fate, despite news that he had been released after his 15-month ordeal.

Mr Brennan, a former news photographer from Bundaberg, was kidnapped with Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout in August, 2008, while working in Somalia.

Toowoomba resident Richard May-Steers, who is a friend of the Brennans, said yesterday the family still needed support.

“They’re really happy with the results so far, but they’re waiting to rejoice until they can get him back to Australia,” he said.

Mr May-Steers described Mr Brennan as an “awesome guy” who had the support of an incredibly strong family.

“I was stoked when I first heard yesterday, but we’re still very nervous,” he said.

He said the family had already received support from a number of Toowoomba artists who had donated paintings to help raise money for the ransom.

In a statement yesterday, the Brennan family thanked those responsible for securing Mr Brennan’s release.

“After sharing so many lows, we hope to soon share the joy of Nigel and Amanda’s safe return,” they said.



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