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Colombian nun Gloria Narvis released after being abducted by jihadists in Africa

Photo: resPresidenceMali

This Saturday, October 9, the Malian presidency announced that Colombian nun Gloria Nervis had been abducted by a jihadist group linked to Al Qaeda since 2017.

“This day is the October 9 release of Colombian nun Gloria Norway. She was abducted on February 7, 2017 in Carangaso in the Kotiala circle on the Mali-Burkina Faso border. The President of Mali praises the courage and bravery of her sister.”, Mali’s presidency drilled.

He also posted some photos of the Colombian nun at Freedom.

“The Presidency of Mali commends the courage and bravery of the nun. This publication is the culmination of four years and eight months of concerted efforts by various intelligence services.The president of the African country said in a statement.

Colombia’s foreign ministry spoke

“I am delighted to hear the news of the release of our dear comrade, the religious Gloria Cecilia Narvis, in Mali. Andres Bastrana also helped us.The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Vice President and Chancellor Marta Lucia Ramares, during a recent visit to Paris, pointed out that he had the opportunity to examine the latest evidence of the survival and to urge the French government to assist in its humanitarian efforts. “In our interviews with Defense Minister Florence Barley and Prime Minister Jean Costex, with Ambassador Micricio Vargas, we reiterate our call for assistance.”Said the Chancellor.

On July 8, the nun wrote a letter to her relatives. The nun’s brother, Edgar Norwis, received a brief message from the International Committee of the Red Cross. The handwritten letter gave hope to the religious community and her family, who for many years called for the liberation of women.

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“Congratulations my brother. May God bless you and give you health. I was abducted for four years and now I am in a new group. Pray a lot for me. May God bless you. I hope God will help me to be free. Brother, Gloria.”The captive nun wrote.

Gloria Cecilia Nervis was part of a group of four missionaries from Colombia and another missionary from Burkina Faso, in a village in Carangaso, helping the sick and the poor. On the night of February 7, 2017, an armed group entered the camp looking for money.

Gloria Cecilia Narvis, 57, was abducted along with five other foreigners.
Gloria Cecilia Narvis, 57, was abducted along with five other foreigners.

The nuns said they did not charge money and asked who the leader was. Apparently they tried to kidnap another woman, But Cecilia Narvis presented herself as the leader of the congregation and was taken to a place unknown by the extremists.

Gloria Cecilia is a native of Pasto of Narino and a member of the Congregation of the Franciscans de Maria Inmagulada. He was near Kotiyala, about half a kilometer from the Malian capital when he was abducted.

On July 1, 2017, a support group for Islam and Muslims claimed responsibility for the abduction and the nun released a video accusing them of wrongdoing in that part of Africa.

In January 2018, the nun appeared in a video, a life test sent by a terrorist group, in which she asks Pope Francis to intervene for her freedom. In the current report, Al Qaeda He accused the Vatican and the Colombian government of not making efforts to negotiate his release.

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During the reigns of Juan Manuel Santos and Ivan Duke, work was undertaken to achieve their liberation, which finally took place on October 9th.

The abduction was a lucrative source of money for Islamist groups in the Sahal region of West Africa, where they are waging a widespread insurgency against national forces, French forces and United Nations peacekeepers.