US News: Mali: 500 days of captivity for Olivier Dubois, Pierre Legrand, ex-hostage, shares his experience

Mali: 42 soldiers killed in a jihadist attack

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Le journaliste français Olivier Dubois, sur une capture d'écran d'une vidéo du 13 mars 2022. © AFP The French journalist Olivier Dubois, on a screenshot of a video of March 13, 2022.

this Saturday August 20 marks the 500th day since the kidnapping of Olivier Dubois. Remoked on April 8, 2021 in Gao, in northern Mali, the French journalist has since been held by the support group for Islam and Muslims. Pierre Legrand, one of the ex-hostages of Arlit, kidnapped in Niger in 2010 by Aqmi and finally released in 2013, returns to his experience.

Olivier Dubois explains being held by the support group for Islam and Muslims, affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI) in two videos: two life proofs broadcast by its captors in May 2021 and in March 2022. To mark This sad 500th day of captivity , Pierre Legrand, one of the ex-hostages of Arlit, kidnapped in Niger in 2010 by Aqmi and finally released in 2013 after three years of captivity, testifies. He returns to this painful experience and tells how he managed to hold:

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according to the one who was one of the ex-hostages of Arlit, kidnapped in Niger in 2010 by AQMI and finally released in 2013, after three years of captivity, the lack of visibility of the fate of the French journalist is "regrettable".

Olivier Dubois's family is organizing an online demonstration on Sunday August 21, on the "Olivier Dubois journalist" accounts on social networks.

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