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A former Al-Qaeda prisoner has urged the family of a South African man who was recently kidnapped in Burkina Faso in West Africa, not to lose hope. Speaking exclusively to SABC News, South African, Stephen McGowan, say he knows exactly what the man’s family is going through. McGowan was kidnapped in neighbouring Mali in 2011 while touring the country. He was held hostage for close to six years. McGowan has urged them to remain positive: “It’s incredible what being positive can actually do in having hope. Hopefully this will go quickly for them and hopefully their communication channels with the Al-Qaeda in Mali are already set up so that the conversation can go through. They must just be patient.” Humanitarian organisation, Gift of the Givers, helped negotiate McGowan’s release from the militants last year. His father, Malcolm McGowan, says he knows exactly what this family is going through. He’s urged them to seek help from Gift of the Givers: “They will try. they have their contacts now I think so obviously it’s almost a shortcut to get to those people up there. and I’m sure if the family approaches Gift of the Givers they will try their best to assist.”

PHOTO: Malcolm and Stephen McGowan

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