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Mali: release of Colombian Gloria Cécilia Narvaez


AA / Bamako / Amarana Maiga

Colombian nun Gloria Cécilia Narvaez, kidnapped on February 7, 2017 in Karangasso, in the circle of Koutiala near the border with Burkina Faso was released by her captors, the presidency of Mali said on Saturday.

«Release this day October 09, 2021 of the Colombian religious sister Gloria Cécilia NARVAEZ. She was kidnapped on February 7, 2017 in Karangasso, in the Koutiala circle on the border between Mali and Burkina Faso, ”the Mali presidency explained in a statement on its official Facebook page.

The Colombian was received in audience by the president of the transition, Colonel Assimi Goïta, who praised the courage and bravery of Sister Gloria Cécilia Narvaez.

“This release is the crowning of 4 years and 8 months of combined efforts by several intelligence services,” said the Malian head of state.

Colonel Assimi Goïta took this opportunity to assure the Malian people as well as the international community that efforts are still underway to free all the people, Malians and foreigners, held in Mali.

The President also once again congratulated the defense and security forces and the intelligence services.

The circumstances of Sister Gloria’s release remain, however, still unknown.

In 2018, Colombian nun, Sister Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti appeared in a video by the Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimin group, led by Malian Iyad Ag Ghali. In this video, she asked Pope Francis to intervene for her release.

The video was less than 5 minutes long with English commentary and Arabic subtitles. We saw in the images, 8 other hostages of different nationalities who were captured by armed groups grouped within Nusrat Al-Islam Wal-Muslimin.

As a reminder, on October 9, 2020, 200 suspected terrorists and prisoners were released against the release of Soumaila Cissé, leader of the Malian opposition and French humanitarian aid worker Sophie Pétronin.

Soumaila Cissé was kidnapped in March 2020, while he was campaigning for the legislative elections, in northern Mali. The main Malian opponent Soumaïla Cissé, died on December 25, 2020 as a result of contamination with Covid-19 in France.

As for the French Sophie Petronin, she was kidnapped on December 24, 2016 by armed men in the Malian region of Gao (north of the country).

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