Today’s guest is a dual writer, both a literary journalist and a novelist. He is also a dual citizen of the United States and Germany and his name is Michael Scott Moore.
In 2011, Michael covered the trial of 10 Somali pirates in Germany for Spiegel Online, part of Der Spiegel (The Mirror), a German weekly news magazine published in Hamburg. After the trial, he travelled to Somalia in January 2012 to research a book about piracy and ways to end it. While there, he was kidnapped and held hostage, spending 32 months in captivity.
He was freed in September 2014 after his mother’s ceaseless efforts to gain his release. His memoir about his ordeal just came out in July. It is called “THE DESERT AND THE SEA: 977 Days Captive on the Somali Pirate Coast” is a story like no other.
Follow Along with the Transcript
- Mike’s story about getting kidnapped by Somali Pirates 00:04:15
- How writing a book helped Mike get over his kidnapping 00:08:20
- You don’t have to create a pathology out of trauma 00:11:30
- Doing yoga in captivity 00:13:30
- When Mike lost all hope and detached from the idea 00:17:50
- How Mike got to a place of forgiveness 00:20:30
- Forgiveness is a position of judgement 00:23:30
- Mike’s hunger strike 00:26:25
- “Part of my day was dreaming of recipes” 00:30:25
- “It is important to laugh” 00:35:00
- The escape attempt 00:38:50
- Mike’s mother negotiated his ransom 00:44:45
- What is real human freedom? 00:47:45
- Is Mike grateful for the experience? 00:49:20
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