“Olivier can’t wait any longer. In a short video posted online on Wednesday, the Festival d’Avignon – a city in the south of France where Olivier Dubois is from -, Cécile Helle, mayor of the city, and Olivier Py, president of the festival, as well as many relatives and supporters of our colleague kidnapped in Mali on April 8, 2021, deliver a message: “Let us be actors in his release. »
A message to the Malian authorities et French, first, and then a way for those close to him to let it be known that they have not forgotten him, despite the distance and the weather. “I really think that, while he is cut off from the world and he dies a little more every day in the desert, it allows him to hold on a little more. And he knows that we, his family, try to do everything to talk about him, ”explained his sister, Canele Bernard, to France 3 Alpes-Côte-d’Azur.
Olivier Dubois, 47-year-old freelance journalist, contributor to Young Africa, Release et Point, was kidnapped on his way to Gao, in northern Mali, for a report. He has since been detained by the Sahelian branch of Al-Qaeda, the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM), on which he himself had investigated. The jihadist group, led by Iyad Ag Ghaly, claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and broadcast several videos of the French hostage, the first in May 2021, the second – and latest – in March 2022. “To my family, thank you for all your radio messages. Every month, they are a breath of fresh air and hope, ”said Olivier Dubois in particular in this last recording, thus confirming that he received messages from his family and his supporters in his place of detention.
Since his abduction, his relatives have been mobilizing on social networks, in particular via a petition, and the journalist’s case is regularly mentioned in the media. Reporters Without Borders is also closely following the case, and misses no opportunity to plead our colleague’s case with the French authorities. The writing of Young Africa joins in this call not to forget Olivier Dubois, and to do everything possible to obtain his release in the best time limit.
#Mali🇲🇱: Olivier Dubois has been a hostage for 15 months. Let’s not forget it!
RSF calls on the Malian and French authorities to do everything possible, despite their differences, to ensure that the correspondent of @libe @LePointAfrique et @young Africa be released.#FreeOlivierDubois pic.twitter.com/dKztVjEtkK
— RSF (@RSF_inter) July 8, 2022