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Journalist held hostage in Somalia tells students how she supports Somali women

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Author and activist Amanda Lindhout spent 460 days as a hostage in Somalia --- now she raises millions to educate Somali women.

The Alberta journalist promised if she survived, she would make a positive change, especially for the people of Somaia.

Lindhout told 16,000 awed students at We Day that not only has she raised millions of dollars to help educate 200,000 Somali women, she has returned there to organize food convoys.

Earlie this afternoon, former Mexican president Vicente Fox tol We Day students told We Day students young people should dedicate themselves to bringing happiness to the world.

"You have the burden on your shoulders," Fox told the young social justice activists.

"We are going to make sure that every kid has the opportunity to be in school," Fox said.

This morning, actor and activist Martin Sheen declared that just by showing up today, the young people at We Day have declared they’re not typical and not accepting of the way things are.
 
Justice, mercy, and healing are just as essential as are food, clothing, and shelter, Sheen told the students.
 
Speaking with a hypnotic fervour and cadence that had the arena spellbound, Sheen urged the students to find something worth fighting for: "Then the world will have discovered fire for a second time."

Were the Rev. Martin Luther King and Coretta King alive, they’d be in Manitoba today, part of the We Day movement.

That declaration from their eldest son, Martin Luther King III, rocked the MTS Centre earlier this morning as 16,000 students cheered.

"You have the opportunity to save the world," King told the students whose social activism earned them a seat at the third annual Free the Children inspirational day.

"This perhaps is the beginning of something incredible that will take place throughout your lives," enthused King, a social activist with booming oratorical skills.

With a plea to end bullying, Premier Greg Selinger kicked off Manitoba’s third We Day.

Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press

Enthusiastic students attending packed the MTS Centre for the third We Day.

 
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Updated on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:06 AM CDT: Updates with quotes from Martin Luther King III

11:38 AM: Updates with quotes from Martin Sheen.

1:43 PM: Updates with details on Amanda Lindhout

1:48 PM: Updates with comments from Vicente Fox

1:57 PM: Adds photo of Sheen

2:21 PM: Player removed.

6:28 PM: Adds video.

8:41 PM: Adds slide show.

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