It was not known if he was still alive. But this Sunday, March 13, 2022, a new unverified video gives hope to the relatives of French hostage Olivier Dubois.
He is the only French hostage in the world. On April 8, 2021, Olivier Dubois, correspondent for Point and Release, was kidnapped in Gao, northern Mali, by the Support Group for Islam and Muslims (GSIM). It was the journalist himself who announced it in a video posted on social networks on May 5. No evidence of life since then.
But on Sunday, March 13, a new video was shared on the internet. We discover a quite healthy man, who appears to be Olivier Dubois, to thank his family and all the people who support him. He asks them all to keep hope and also addresses the State.
“To all those near and far who are working for my release, please keep doing this. I ask my government to do everything possible to work for my release.”
It is unknown when the scene was shot. But for those who fight daily for the release of Olivier Dubois, it’s proof of life, as explained the journalist of Release Sonia Delesalle-Stolper † “This is not the news he was hoping for, that of his release. But our colleague Olivier Dubois is alive and he has received messages, echoes of the mobilization before him. The video is undated, but it is the first proof of life in a long time.”†
A video that gives hope after ten long months of silence.