After years of false hope, former al-Qaeda hostage Stephen McGown said he got tired of believing that he would ever be released. McGown, who spent almost six years in captivity, was jovial during a media briefing on Thursday, often making journalists laugh as he described the conditions he was forced[…]
The family of Stephen McGown, a South African who has been held hostage in Mali for five-and-a-half years, hopes that government will negotiate his release soon following a new proof-of-life video released by AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb), an organisation. “I know it’s a combined effort from government and[…]
On Wednesday, humanitarian organisation the Gift of the Givers (GOTG) held a press briefing about headway made in the long-running saga of two hostages. Stephen McGown, a South African, and Johan Gustafsson, a Swedish national, were captured by Al Qaeda in Mali, known as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM),[…]
Gift of the Givers (GOTG) are currently awaiting feedback from the Malian division of al-Qaeda over what demands will need to be met to secure the release of South African captive, Stephen McGown. McGown has been held hostage in Mali alongside Swedish national, Johan Gustafsson since November 2011, but a[…]
A South African man who has been held hostage in Mali for four years, has expressed hope that he would see his family soon, in a video released to the organisation Gift of the Givers. Stephen McGown, looking thin and sporting a long beard, thanked the South African government and[…]
Negotiations between the Gift of the Givers and the captors of South African citizen, Stephen McGown may finally be underway, four months after the local relief agency agreed to take up the case of his abduction. McGown, along with Swedish national, Johan Gustafsson were taken hostage by al-Qaeda in Mali[…]
Humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers has made contact with the group that took South African Stephen McGown and Swede Johan Gustafsson hostage four years ago. The organisation’s founder Imtiaz Sooliman said it would soon take possession of a video from the captors, who appeared ready to negotiate with them.[…]
Humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers said on Thursday that it was hoping that the captors of South African national Stephen Malcolm McGown and Swedish citizen Johan Gustafson would soon make contact. Gift of the Givers founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman said they had sent a negotiator to Mali where the two[…]
Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) president Maulana Igsaan Hendricks has made an international appeal for the release of South African citizen, Stephen McGown who remains in captivity. McGowan was one of seven hostages captured by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Mali. McGowan and Swede Johan Gustafson are still being held.[…]
The father of kidnapped South African Stephen McGown was happy to see his son in good health, and even still in possession of his watch and wedding ring. “Normally, I think these guys take people and they strip all their valuables, their cellphones, anything and everything else,” Malcolm McGown told[…]
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