It took Mohamed Yehia Dicko six years of negotiations to secure the unconditional release of Gerco van Deventer.
It took Mohamed Yehia Dicko six years of painstaking negotiations to secure the unconditional release of Gerco van Deventer from his Al-Qaeda captors – and he is yet to meet Van Deventer.
“I have to meet him. I want to shake his hand and tell him it was a privilege to be a part of his release success story,” Dicko told News24.
Van Deventer, 48, moved from Afghanistan for safer working conditions as a paramedic in Libya, where he was kidnapped in November 2017 and sold to the Al-Qaeda group, Jama’at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM), in Mali alongside three Turkish men who were released seven months later.
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