He was held in Mali by a terrorist group for over a year and his family wants to “make some noise” in honor of this anniversary.
Olivier Dubois is the only French hostage in the world. He was a journalist for the daily “Liberation” and has been held captive by a terrorist group in Mali for over a year. His family wants him released. “Make noise”This is your birthday.
“We have been under stress for over a year but we still have the energy to help Olivier through making noise and talking about Olivier”, told AFP his sister, Canèle Bernard, before this anniversary Friday, April 8. To raise awareness, the journalist’s mother, sister, as well as her spouse, made a video.
YouTube uploaded the video on Thursday night, April 7. It shows faces of French journalists Elise Lucet and Gilles Bouleau. This video ends with a call to sign the petition launched on January 6 (www.change.org/liberonsolivierdubois), which claims more than 80,000 signatures. “It is this petition that allowed us to talk about Olivier”His sister agrees.
Reporters Without Borders will unveil a banner of support in Montpellier (south France) at 6 pm on Friday. This follows 19 similar displays in recent months. A march is also organized by the Metz Press Club (eastern France).
A 47-year old freelance journalist, who lives and works in Mali, has covered security incidents that occurred in the Sahelian country for “Liberation” (or the weekly “Le Point”) since 2015. In a May 5th, 2021 video posted to social media, he had announced his abduction. He stated that he was abducted on April 8th in Gao, northern Mali by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims. (GSIM) is the main jihadist alliance within the Sahel and is linked to Al-Qaeda.
Olivier Dubois is the only French hostage in the world since the release in October 2020 of Sophie Pétronin, also kidnapped in Mali. A new video of Dubois was posted on social media, with no indication as to its origin or date. He appears to be in good physical condition and addresses his parents, his children’s mother, his sisters, and the French government. “keep doing your best”For his release.
The broadcasting of RFI radio was suspended by the Malian government on March 17. This was amid tensions between France and Mali. RFI broadcasts messages for Olivier Dubois’ relatives regularly. “Four days after this proof of life, it was a cold shower, since he described our messages on RFI as “Breathe in fresh air” »The video shows his sister.
“It’s a double sentence for him. He is disconnected from the world.”continues Canèle Bernard, who regularly deplores a “Lack of Information”Source: The French government “I am not saying that the State does nothing, but that it must inform the families. If it does not, it may suggest that there may not have been much happening. That’s why we are intensifying our efforts.She promises.
“They are fully aware of what we do in the family diversity that accompanies Monsieur Dubois.”Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Foreign Minister, told AFP January 12th. It comes down to hostages “the main law is silence”He pointed out.