South African Paramedic Gerco van Deventer Returns Home After 6 Year Abduction

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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Gerco van Deventer Freed After 6 Years of Captivity in Mali

The family of Gerco van Deventer, the South African paramedic who endured more than six years in captivity after his abduction in Libya in 2017, extends their gratitude to the Algerian government for facilitating his safe return.

Van Deventer, held by al-Qaeda militants since 2017, was recently freed and subsequently transported to Algeria on December 17. He received essential medical care there, marking a crucial step toward his recovery.

Confirming his safe return, the Van Deventer family expressed relief, with Gerco reportedly in high spirits and in good health. Shireen van Deventer, his wife, conveyed the family’s appreciation and emphasized that further details, including plans for an open media conference, would be disclosed in the coming week.

Acknowledging the collaborative efforts of organizations like the Gift of the Givers and various stakeholders, Van Deventer’s release was secured two weeks ago. The family, while expressing their thanks, also appealed for privacy to allow them the necessary space for healing.

This development marks a significant milestone in the long and arduous journey of Gerco van Deventer’s captivity, bringing hope and relief to his family and supporters alike.


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