French Nun abducted by Jihadists appears in video pleads to Macron and Pope Francis
Sophie Petronin, a French aid worker, kidnapped in Mali by the Islamic terrorist group, Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM), in 2016 has appeared on a propaganda video released Wednesday June 16 by the jihadists together with Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti, a Franciscan Sister and missionary, kidnapped on 7 February 2017, in Karangasso, near Koutiala, in southern Mali.
The captives, looking frail in the video shot in a tent-like structure address the camera one after the other. Petronin, gave the date she was speaking as June 7, 2018, and tearfully speaks to her son telling him she is “very, very exhausted.” Narvaez then addresses Pope Francis, begging him to intervene for Petronin, who she is “truly sick.”
Pétronin, 75, was working for an organisation for malnourished children when she was by armed men in the northern Malian town of Gao.
Gloria who had worked as a missionary for six years before her abduction, previously appeared in a propaganda video in July 2017. At that time, they accused her of “supporting the crusaders in Mali by preaching Christianity” and presented this as the reason for her abduction, together with six other Western hostages. Three of their number kidnapped in Mali or Burkina Faso have since been released.
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos
Image credits/Google Images/Sophie/Gloria/ Al qaeda Video