It’s the end of a long ordeal for Olivier Dubois. Kidnapped on 8 April 2021 in Gao, northern Mali, where he was working on a story, the 48-year-old freelancer – who worked for Libération, Le Point, and Jeune Afrique – was released on 20 March after almost two years in the hands of the jihadists of the Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin – GSIM or JSIM – (Support Group for Islam and Muslims), the Sahelian branch of Al-Qaeda.
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