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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #100 on: September 26, 2013, 12:33:04 pm »
Now travelers better be careful in Kenya and Somalia. Terrorists are such cowards. War should be like in the old days of frontline battle. To sides pick a spot and go head to head and shoot and bomb the crap out of each other.
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #101 on: December 02, 2015, 06:34:41 pm »
How great to hear the Stephen is still alive and well! There is still hope.

Just over 4 years since his kidnapping!
 

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« Reply #102 on: December 03, 2015, 06:54:11 am »
Ja saw his video on news 24 yesterday . Seems brainwashed  (Stockholm syndrome) into his situation which is understandable.
Hoping in faith he is released soon.

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #103 on: December 07, 2015, 06:35:21 am »
Very sad indeed ... and the chance of the Dakar returning to Africa zero  :( :( :(
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #104 on: June 20, 2016, 10:23:22 am »
Sadly appears he has become a distant memory for most, except his family I'm sure. Anyone heard any further recent news on Stephen? Keep the man in your prayers!

national 12.1.2016 11:15 am


An image grab taken from an undated video released by Al-Andalus Media Production/Shara Branch, a media branch for al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), on June 21, 2015, allegedly shows hostages Johan Gustafson (L) of Sweden and Stephan McGowan of South Africa, who were kidnapped in Mali's northern city of Timbuktu in 2011, speaking with their captors on camera at an unknown location in Mali. AFP PHOTO / HO / AL-ANDALUS MEDIA PRODUCTION / AFP / Al-Andalus / HO

This follows last month’s video, in which McGown and Gustafsson told their families they were well.

Talks with “influential people” with close ties to al-Qaeda hostage takers of South African Stephen McGown and Swede Johan Gustafsson – captured in Mali in 2011 – are expected to take place this week.

This is according to humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers (GOTG), who is facilitating negotiations for their release. GOTG founder Imtiaz Sooliman said the talks between its negotiators in Mali and the groups may even take place today. This follows a video released in early December last year, in which McGown and Gustafsson relay to their families that they were well.

Sooliman said the organisation who posted the video release were dealing with the “influential people” and had made it clear no money from the government or families could be paid to al-Qaeda.

“We said upfront that the people captured are ordinary citizens and that the governments do not pay. They haven’t asked for money since,” Sooliman said, adding this was a positive sign. Ransom money was often used for weapons, he said. However, part of the money also went to cover the cost of the hostages, including their food, transport and medical care. “It has become a business.”

Following the video release, McGown’s parents told The Citizen they were positive their son would be home for Christmas. “I’m telling you that he will be home for Christmas,” Stephen’s mother, Beverly, said. His father, Malcolm, said: “We are over the moon. We are so happy and thrilled – especially since he looks well. He looks like they are taking care of him.”

McGown, who is married to Cathy, had planned to come home and start a family at the time he was captured. But he wanted one last adventure and decided to travel through Africa by motorbike. He was seized by al-Qaeda members during a coup in Timbuktu in Mali.

One German national was killed. One of the hostages, Dutchman Sjaak Rijke, was freed in April by French Special Forces during a desert operation near Tessalit, northern Mali.

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #105 on: June 21, 2016, 05:09:17 am »
Still no movement on this sad case.
I'm constantly thinking of this guy and praying for his endurance and eventual release.
Things like this make me feel quite helpless and angry.
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #106 on: June 26, 2017, 06:13:20 pm »
Kidnapped Swede Johan Gustafsson freed after six years...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-40407620

 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #107 on: June 26, 2017, 06:16:20 pm »
There's hope - and I'm hanging onto it.
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #109 on: June 27, 2017, 12:25:42 pm »
I see the Swede Johan Gustafsson has been released.

But there is no comment on the fate of McGowan.
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #111 on: June 29, 2017, 11:12:01 am »
and our government is doing so much to get him back... :sip:

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #112 on: June 29, 2017, 03:12:29 pm »
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« Reply #113 on: July 01, 2017, 07:59:20 am »
Good news, holding thumbs
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #114 on: August 03, 2017, 11:34:11 am »
News 24 just announced that he has been released.
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #115 on: August 03, 2017, 11:42:17 am »
News 24 just announced that he has been released.
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #116 on: August 03, 2017, 11:43:07 am »


News 24 just announced that he has been released.
Link please
Good news indeed



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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #119 on: August 03, 2017, 11:55:15 am »
Very very good news.
Now he can come home and wash his bike :deal:
His father has kept his bike all dirty after receiving it back from there and kept dirty on purpose so that his son that he believed would come back can come clean it. :thumleft:
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