Sikasso, 27 November, 2023 / 9:41 pm (ACI Africa).
Fr. Hans-Joachim Lohre, a member of the Society of the Missionaries of Africa (White Fathers), who was taken away in a kidnapping incident in Bamako, the capital of Mali, on 20 November 2022 has been set free.
According to the Information service of Propaganda Fide, Agenzia Fides, the release of the German priest was announced on Sunday, November 26.
A representative of the Malian government and two representatives of the Archdiocese of Bamako made public the announcement and “wished to remain anonymous,” according to a Monday, November 27 report by Agenzia Fides.
After being released and handed over to the Malian authorities following a negotiation that was reportedly done directly by the German government, Fr. Hans-Joachim is said to have been “flown to Germany overnight on a special flight.”
Contacted for a comment on the said day of the release, the White Fathers told ACI Africa that “we shall have time” to provide an update on the situation of their confrere.