A nun from Colombia who was abducted by jihadists in Mali in 2017 was released on Saturday (9/10), according to a statement issued by the Malian presidential office.
The statement posted on the President’s Twitter account pays tribute to the courage of Gloria Cecilia Narvaez, who was held hostage for four years and eight months.
In an official statement, Malian President Colonel Assimi Goita reassured the Malian people and the international community that “efforts are being made” to free all those still detained in Mali.
The Bishop of Bamako, Jean Zerbo, confirmed Narvaez’s release. He added that Narvaez was doing well.
“We continue to pray for his release. I thank the Malian authorities and other good people who helped with his release,” the bishop said.
Narvaez was taken hostage on February 7 2017, in Koutiala, about 400 kilometers east of the Malian capital, Bamako, while working as a missionary there. [vm/ft]