Shiraaz Mohamed, the South African journalist who was kidnapped in Syria in January 2017, was apparently able to escape.
According to the Gift of the Givers organization, they learned yesterday from anonymous sources that Mohamed was able to escape from his kidnappers.
Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of the emergency loan organization, said Mohamed is currently in the care of Turkish intelligence officers.
Mohamed’s family said in a brief statement that although they would like to respond to this news, they believe it is responsible to not comment at this stage given the sensitive nature of his circumstances as it could endanger his life.
According to Sooliman, they received photos of Mohamed and provided the information they received to Mohamed’s family and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
“We are now waiting for the South African government to make contact with Turkey so that Shiraaz can come home as soon as practicable.”
Mohamed’s kidnappers released a new hostage video in August calling on the South African government for help.
Earlier this year, his kidnappers demanded a ransom of US $ 1.5 million for his release. They also sent a video to Gift of the Givers in April to prove he was still alive.
On January 8, 2018, the first proof of life was received in the form of answers to ten personal questions that only Mohamed could answer.
Mohamed was abducted in January 2017 near Al Hilal Hospital. He and two others were reportedly on their way to the border with Turkey to leave Syria.