On Tuesday, South African charity Gift of the Givers confirmed that it had received proof of life for photographer Shiraaz Mohamed a year after his abduction in Syria.

Mohamed was abducted while travelling back towards Turkey with two colleagues in January 2017. It is unclear who abducted him. An anonymous phone call was reportedly made on the 26th of December, in which the caller said Mohamed was alive. His family submitted ten questions that could be used as proof of life – all ten were correctly answered.

Imtiaz Sooliman from Gift of the Givers says they are now awaiting further contact from the abductors. The organisation played a central role in securing the release of Stephen McGown and Johan Gustafsson, a South African and a Swede held for many years by AQIM. You may find this press conference and round up of coverage interest.


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