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No new information on SA Journalist’s reported abduction

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Gift of the Givers says it has not yet established the motive for the reported kidnapping of South African photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed in Syria, but believes the incident may be a misunderstanding. The organizations Dr Imtiaz Sooliman says the drivers travelling with the journalist were told by the reported abductors that they represent several groups inside Syria.

Gift of the Givers confirmed that it is engaging with the Turkish government and the governor near the Syrian border, where Mohamed was reportedly kidnapped five days ago, and urged for calm as it deals with the situation.

DIRCO’s Nelson Kgwete says the department will be seeking assistance from Syria’s neighbouring countries to deal with the matter.

“We did not expect this…”

According to reports, Mohomed’s ex-wife, Shirley Brijlal, says the family is very concerned about his safety and confirmed that he had been concerned about his possible detention in Syria ahead of his departure.

“There’s a risk I might be detained tomorrow, no big deal, SA Government and Gift of the Givers will get me out. I need you to communicate with my family please. But, wait for my message to tell you what to do,” a text which he sent to her read.

Brijlal further confirmed that the family has not heard from him since.

“My last communication with him was at 3.15 on Tuesday at 3.17pm whilst on his way to the Turkish border. Earlier, at 12.48pm he indicated that he should be at the border by 3pm and that if I did not hear from him by 6.30pm I was to contact Ahmed Bham. An hour later he said that I should wait until 8pm to call Bham,” Brijlal stated.

Meanwhile, social media has been inundated with messages of support and prayers for Mohamed’s safe release and return.

Below are photo’s taken in Syria by Mohomed, posted only days before he was taken.


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