The Malian presidency announced, in a statement, the release of the Colombian Franciscan nun, Sister Gloria Cecilia Narváez, who was kidnapped by a jihadist in February 2017 in Mali.
Sister Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti was kidnapped on February 7, 2017 in Karangasso near Koutiala in southern Mali near the border with Burkina Faso, where she had been working as a missionary for six years. The Presidency of Mali will receive this SaturdayCourage and bravery sister“, specify that this version”The culmination of 4 years and 8 months of joint efforts of many intelligence servicesIn this press release, the President of Mali’s Transition, Colonel Asimi Guetta, assured the Malian people and the international community that “Efforts are underwayRelease all detainees in Mali.
The Archbishop of Bamako, Monsignor Jean Zerbo, confirmed the release of the Colombian nun to AFP.In good shape». «We prayed a lot for his release. I thank the financial authorities and other goodwill that made this release possible‘ said the bishop. The hostage’s former brother, Edgar Narvaez, expressed his feelings for him after he received confirmation of the release. “Thank God she is in good health, they sent me pictures and she looks goodEdgar Narvaez replied in a short conversation with AFP.
In a letter sent by the Red Cross last July to her brother, Sister Gloria Narvaez explained that she is being held before “group of GSIMAl-Qaeda-linked Support Group for Islam and Muslims. French journalist Olivier Dubois was kidnapped in early April in northern Mali by jihadists affiliated with al-Qaeda.
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