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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #120 on: August 03, 2017, 11:57:54 am »
Fantastic News.
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #121 on: August 03, 2017, 12:19:10 pm »
This is great news. Welcome home Stephen.

Sad news that his mom passed away before he got home.
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #122 on: August 03, 2017, 12:22:29 pm »
How does this change a person, surely he will not return as the same person that left

Wouldnt Stockholm syndrome also kick in after so long?
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #123 on: August 03, 2017, 12:28:35 pm »
How does this change a person, surely he will not return as the same person that left

Wouldnt Stockholm syndrome also kick in after so long?

Only time will tell. I hope he gets professional help. No matter how well he was treated, there is still damage. I hope he can get work and throw himself into something that he wants to do. He may never want to go near a motorbike again ??
 

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« Reply #124 on: August 03, 2017, 12:44:41 pm »
Great news. What a day this must be for his family!
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #125 on: August 03, 2017, 01:02:33 pm »
...just heard the new on the radio - FANTASTIC news!


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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #126 on: August 03, 2017, 01:40:39 pm »
From eyewitness news:

JOHANNESBURG – Gift of the Givers has confirmed that Al-Qaeda’s Mali branch has released South African hostage Stephen McGowan.

McGowan was abducted by al-Qaeda militants in 2011 along with Swiss national Johan Gustafson, who was released in July.

Swedish hostage Johan Gustafsson was released in June this year.

Gift of the Givers, which had been negotiating his release for six years now, has confirmed he's been freed.

The organisation’s Imtiaz Soolliman said: “Our government was talking to the people we were talking to in the last two to three weeks.

"On 31 July in the afternoon, we got a message in French from the people that we were dealing with, saying congratulations and we knew that message meant Stephen McGowan is released.”


So this ends well for Stephen and his family after nearly 7 years,
thanks to all contributing to this thread, this is really such good news
Welcome back home Stephen
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #127 on: August 03, 2017, 02:03:27 pm »
That's absolutely brilliant news!   I do hope Stephen can pick up the pieces of his life and move forward.
 

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« Reply #128 on: August 03, 2017, 02:37:35 pm »
Fantastic news!!!!!!so glad the guvmoent didn't stuff it up like they doing with the country
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #129 on: August 03, 2017, 10:28:37 pm »
Wow, amazing.

There is a book story right there.
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« Reply #130 on: August 04, 2017, 12:12:24 am »
Baie goeie nuus!
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #131 on: August 04, 2017, 05:39:03 am »
read somewhere that something like $4,2 million was paid for his release
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« Reply #132 on: August 04, 2017, 05:48:58 am »
Baie goeie nuus, ek is bly vir hom en sy familie.
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #133 on: August 04, 2017, 07:06:23 am »
Wow really glad he wasn't only remembered by his family and that there are still people that care.
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« Reply #134 on: August 04, 2017, 08:30:25 am »
Very Good News  :thumleft:
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #135 on: August 04, 2017, 11:25:20 am »
Great news and I hope he gets the help to fit back into freedom.
 

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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #136 on: August 11, 2017, 08:19:23 am »
First interview with Stephen

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/live-mali-hostage-stephenmcgown-tells-his-story-20170810-2

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Stephen McGown, who has been freed after being held captive in Mali for almost 6 years, has spoken out about his ordeal.

McGown was originally set to address the media last week, a day after he was released, however, it was postponed following a review of his medical report. His sister from London arrived for the cherished family reunion.

Wearing a blue shirt and seated with his wife and father, McGown revealed that he is now a Muslim. He explained that after entering Islam, he was treated well. He added that he has a lot to still learn about the religion.

"I see a lot of good in Islam. It has taken me away from capitalism. People are more important than money."

News24 will bring you a detailed story.
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Re: Biker kidnapped - end of a travelling era in Africa?
« Reply #138 on: August 11, 2017, 09:00:30 am »
Glad he is home but he has Stockholm syndrome. Hope he gets a good therapist.
 

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« Reply #139 on: August 11, 2017, 09:01:21 am »
Glad he is home but he has Stockholm syndrome. Hope he gets a good therapist.

that  :-\