The French presidency says a French nun from Colombia was abducted by jihadists in Mali four years ago.
A statement on the president’s Twitter account paid tribute to his “bravery and valor”, as well as photos of the nun taken after her release.
Sister Gloria said in the pictures broadcast on state television, “I thank the Malian authorities, the President, all the Malian authorities for the efforts you have made to set me free, God bless you, God Mali Bless you. ” Colonel Asimi Goeta, interim president of Mali, and Archbishop of Bamako Jane Zarbo.
“I’m very happy, I’ve been healthy for five years, thank God,” said the nun, smiling and dressed in yellow.
The presidency said his release was the result of “four years and eight months of joint efforts by several intelligence services.”
In an official statement, Goeta assured that “efforts are underway” to ensure the release of all those in Mali.
Sister Gloria is “doing well,” said Archbishop Zarbo.
The archbishop said, “We prayed a lot for his release. I thank the Malian authorities and other good people who made this release possible.”
Sister Gloria, 59, was abducted near Kotiala, 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Bamako. He, along with three other monks, served as a missionary in the parish of Krangasu for six years.
According to a colleague, his sister Carmen Isabel Valencia, he presented himself in the place of two young monks who were preparing to be abducted.
Sister Carmen said, “She is a woman of a special human quality, on earth … inspired by the love of the poor.”
In Colombia, his brother, Edgar Norweg, said he was “deeply moved” by the news of his release.
“She is OK, thank God. She sent me pictures and she looks good,” she told AFP.
In a letter sent to her brother by the Red Cross last July, Sister Gloria stated that she was with “a group of GSIMs.” Al QaedaLinkedIn group to support Islam and Muslims, the world’s largest jihadist alliance. Coast.
Sources close to the negotiations for his release told AFP that he had not been ill-treated during his imprisonment and had learned the Qur’an.
“Negotiations have been going on for months, years,” the source said without elaborating.
Bound to Rome.
A Bamako airport official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the nun had arrived in the Malian capital on Saturday evening from where she was to fly to Rome. His departure from Bamako was confirmed by the city’s Arch Davis.
In Colombia, Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez – who is also the foreign minister – said she was “delighted” at the release of Sister Gloria, whom she attributed to the work of the government and the “humanitarian” contribution of the French government. Emphasis on empathy efforts “for this success”
National Police Director George Louis Vargas also welcomed his release.
“Today is great news for Colombia, but also for the national police for all their efforts over the years to secure the release of our compatriots,” he said.
Vargas said he met with several European and African ambassadors to secure the nun’s release.
Together with Interpol and other international agencies, we have always sought to bring those responsible to justice.
There have been irregular reports of nuns for many years, including in early 2021, when two Europeans who managed to escape from prison said they were fine.
Then in March, her brother found evidence that she was still alive, crossed the Red Cross.
She told AFP earlier this year that it was a letter written in capital letters because she always used capital letters.
Mali is struggling to contain a jihadist insurgency that first erupted in the north of the country in 2012, and has since spread to neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.
Kidnappings, once rare, have become commonplace in recent years as the security crisis deepens in Mali, especially in the center of the former French colony.
French journalist Oliver Dobos was abducted on April 8 in northern Mali by al-Qaeda-linked jihadists.
Dobos, who has worked with several French news outlets, said in a hostage video that he had been abducted by GSIM.