Image: Gloria Argoti was kidnapped on 7 February from her convent in Karangasso. (Source: WWM)

The Colombian nun who was taken hostage in northern Mali in February this year is still alive but her health is suffering, according to reports by Catholic news agency Fides.

Sister Gloria Cecilia Narvaez Argoti “is alive but not in good health. She has problems with a leg and kidney”, General Fernando Murillo from the Colombian national police reportedly told the national radio broadcaster RCN.

He added that a specialist anti-kidnapping unit, The Grupos de Acción Unificada de la Libertad Personal (GAULA), is preparing a second mission to work towards the release of the Colombian nun, who is in her sixties and belongs to the Order of Franciscan Sisters.

She was kidnapped on 7 February, when assailants broke into her convent in the village of Karangasso, southern Mali.

On 1 July she appeared in a video posted by a coalition of jihadist groups affiliated to Al-Qaeda, which claimed responsibility for her kidnapping and that of five other foreign hostages. Since then, one of them, South African Stephen McGowan has been freed and spoken about his ordeal.

Pray for Sister Gloria

“Prayer sessions are organised regularly in all the communities - for the liberation of Gloria and for God to touch the hearts of the captors,” said Fr. Dembele.

The churches’ campaign has included messages and prayers on local radio stations and the distribution of flyers and posters.

One of the flyers reads: “The more time passes, the longer our wait goes on, Sr. Gloria. With faith and hope, we pray that you will come back safe and sound.”

(Source: World Watch Monitor


Mali ranks as number 32 on the Open Doors 2017 World Watch List.

Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism