After almost three years in captivity in war-wrecked Syria, a South African photojournalist of Indian origin made it to his home last week, reports said.
Shiraaz Mohamed, who was abducted in 2017 from outside a hospital in Darkoush by suspected ISIS members, had gone there to capture the sufferings of Syrian people.
He was working for the South Africa-based Gift of the Givers foundation, which was trying to secure his release for over two years and had announced last month that Mohamed had “escaped from captivity”.
“Owing to his recent circumstances, he and our family are requesting that we be given some space. Thank you for all our duas, prayers and support,” a statement released to the media by Mohamed’s family said.
According to the local media reports, Mohamed escaped from captivity with the help of Turkish intelligence officials.
Earlier, South African Stephen McGown, who was abducted by the Al-Qaeda in Mali for nearly six years, was released in August 2017.
Ever since the start of the civil war in Syria, many foreign journalists have been kidnapped and killed. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists puts the number of slain journalists in Syria at 134.
On 23 April 2016, the United Nations and Arab League Envoy to Syria put out an estimate of 400,000 that had died in the war.