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Christian Missionary Freed After Seven Years of Captivity by Islamic Extremist in Burkina Faso

The family of Kenneth Elliott, an Australian surgeon and Christian missionary, joyfully announced his release from captivity after enduring over seven years under the control of Islamic extremists. They expressed profound appreciation to God for this long-awaited moment.

Dr. Elliott, 88, and his wife Jocelyn were operating a free medical clinic in the town of Djibo in northern Burkina Faso, where they selflessly provided medical care and surgery to the local population. Their noble efforts were abruptly disrupted in 2016 when they were abducted by members of al-Qaeda.

The militant group responsible for the kidnapping, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), claimed responsibility for the heinous act, shocking the global community. Since their capture, the Elliott family had endured a long and agonizing ordeal, uncertain about their loved ones’ fate and enduring unimaginable hardship.

However, their faith remained unwavering, and their prayers were finally answered when news of Dr. Elliott’s release emerged.

The united effort of the Djibo community led to the successful release of Joyce after a prominent three-week public campaign for freedom.

Ever since Ken’s abduction, numerous pleas for his release have been made. On the thousandth day of her own captivity, Joyce expressed her gratitude for regaining her freedom and passionately appealed for her husband’s release as he enters his twilight years. 

In a statement released by the family, they thanked God for their prayers being answered and acknowledged the support they had received from friends, family, and the wider community.  They also expressed her hope for the safe release of other hostages who remain in captivity around the world.

“We are immensely relieved by Dr. Elliott’s liberation and extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Australian government and all those who worked tirelessly over time to secure his freedom. Our thoughts and prayers are also with those who remain captive, and we earnestly hope for their freedom and safe reunion with their loved ones.”

“At 88 years of age, and after many years away from home, Dr Elliott now needs time and privacy to rest and rebuild strength. We thank you for your understanding and sympathy.”

Dr. Elliott’s release brings hope and joy to his family, friends, and supporters, who have been eagerly awaiting this news for over seven years. As they celebrate this long-awaited reunion, the Elliott family is undoubtedly aware that the path to recovery and healing may be challenging.  

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