A 59-year-old Colombian nun who was kidnapped in Mali four years ago has returned home. Upon her arrival in Colombia, she was warmly received by other nuns.
Gloria Cecilia Narvaez worked as a missionary near the border with Burkina Faso. In February 2017, a group of jihadists linked to al-Qaeda kidnapped a Colombian nun in southern Mali. She has been working there for six years.
The nun, a member of the Franciscan Congregation of the Immaculate Congregation of the Virgin Mary, was released in October of this year after intense negotiations by the interim Malian President Asimi Gueta. It is not known if a ransom was paid. Earlier she had already given a sign of life by writing a letter to her brother through the mediation of the Red Cross.
When the nun returned to Bogotá, she spoke of the kidnappings that had occurred frequently in her country for years. “I think of all the suffering people go through when they are kidnapped, here, in Mali and around the world. I think of all the people who are still kidnapped.”
Before returning to Colombia, the nun went to Rome at the invitation of Pope Francis.
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