A Franciscan nun from Colombia who was kidnapped in 2017 by fighters in Mali has been freed.
Sister Gloria Cecilia Narvaez was launched on Saturday October 9, after greater than 4 years in captivity.
She was taken hostage on February 7, 2017, by the Macina Liberation Front, an al-Qaeda-linked group in southern Mali close to the border with Burkina Faso the place she had been working as a missionary.
Following her launch, Narvaez met with Mali’s interim President Assimi Goita.
“I first thank God, who is the light and the peace, I thank the Malian authorities, the president for all the efforts made so that I am free,” she mentioned in a quick assertion made on state tv.
“I am very happy, I stayed healthy for five years, thank God,” she added.
“The presidency of Mali salutes the courage and bravery of the nun. This liberation is the crowning achievement of four years and eight months of combined efforts by several intelligence services,” the presidency mentioned in an announcement.
According to one in all her colleagues, Sister Carmen Isabel Valencia, Narvaez provided herself instead of two youthful nuns the abductors had been making ready to take.
“She is a woman of a very particular human quality, down to earth … moved by the love of the poor,” Sister Carmen mentioned.
In Colombia, her brother Edgar Narvaez mentioned he was very emotional after receiving information of her launch.
“She is in good health, thank God. They sent me pictures and she looks well,” he advised AFP.