Nun freed four years after being kidnapped in Mali
A Franciscan nun from Colombia kidnapped by jihadists in Mali more than four years ago has been freed, Mali's presidency said.
A statement on the presidential Twitter account paid tribute to her “courage and bravery” along with photos of the smiling nun, taken after her release Saturday, the 9th of October.
The Franciscan nun was kidnapped in February 2017 in Southern Mali near the border with Burkina Faso. She was kept in captivity by the Macina Liberation Front which is affiliated with the Al-Qaeda terror group.
“I thank the Malian authorities, the president, all the Malian authorities, for all the efforts you’ve made to liberate me, may God bless you, may God bless Mali,” Sister Gloria said in images broadcast on state television showing her with Mali’s interim president Colonel Assimi Goita and the archbishop of Bamako Jean Zerbo.
“I am very happy, I stayed healthy for five years, thank God,” the nun said, smiling and wearing a yellow robe.
Her liberation had been the fruit of “four years and eight months of the combined effort of several intelligence services”, the presidency said.
Photo source: Twitter