An elderly Australian humanitarian worker kidnapped by Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in Burkina Faso said Monday after her release that she hoped to be reunited with her husband and “continue” their medical work.
“I want to be with my husband shortly so that we can go to Djibo and continue there,” Jocelyn Elliott, 76, said at Burkina Faso’s presidential palace.
Elliott and her 81-year-old surgeon husband Ken have run the sole medical clinic in Djibo, a dusty town near the border with Mali, since 1972. A couple from Perth in western Australia, they have also carried out humanitarian work in Mali and Niger.
The pair were abducted close to the Niger border on the night of January 15-16.
Malian militant group Ansar Dine said the couple had been taken by jihadists from the “Emirate of the Sahara” suspected by experts to be a branch of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
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