Father Léon Dougnon released in Mali
Kidnapped on the 21st of June in Mopti, in the centre of Mali, Father Léon Dougnon was released on the 13th of July. The other faithful, kidnapped with him, were released earlier, on the 23rd of June.
“The announcement was made on the La Croix Africa Christian news site, by Father Edmond Dembele, secretary-general of the Episcopal Conference of Mali”, specifies the Journal du Mali.
The latter specifies that the abbot and four faithful left Segué on the 21st of June for the “ funeral of Father Oscar Thera scheduled for the 22nd of June, in San, with burial in Togo (Cercle de Tominian)”.
“The late Father Oscar Thera spent six years in the parish of Ségué, as a missionary priest, confides a source from the Catholic Church. He was also Secretary-General of UCAO-UUBA ”.
They were kidnapped about thirty kilometres north from Segué. The delegation was made up of “ Abbé Léon Dougnon, parish priest of Ségué (around fifty years old), Pascal Somboro, a driver whose age is estimated at 45, Thimothée Somboro, village chief of Ségué (40), Emmanuel Somboro from Tiédjèkanda and Sabine Tolofoudié (60) ”.