- Photojournalist Shiraaz Mohambed has escaped his captors in Syria
- He was kidnapped in 2017 while working in Syria
- Mohamed has not yet returned to South Africa but plans are being made to bring him home
South African photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed has escaped from captivity in Syria according to the Gift of the Givers. Mohamed had been kidnapped two years ago while covering the civil war in the country.
Briefly.co.za learned that he had been held for ransom and the Gift of the Givers raised international awareness of the South African's plight.
"The details are sketchy but we were told that Shiraaz 'escaped' from captivity and at some point was assisted by 'friendly' people, who were very aware of his case, given the huge publicity Gift of the Givers initiated worldwide around Shiraaz's capture," Imtiaz Sooliman of Gift of the Givers said.
"He had gone on his own accord as a photojournalist to capture the suffering of the Syrian people," Sooliman said.
Sooliman has said that his family have been notified and plans are in place to bring Shiraaz home.
"We now wait for the South African government to make contact with Turkish Intelligence to bring Shiraaz home as soon as practically possible," he said.
Mohamed's family issued a press statement but were careful not to jeopardise him in any way.
"The family of Shiraaz Mohammed would like to respond to the latest news regarding his release. However considering the sensitive nature of his circumstance we believe it is irresponsible to make any public comment as it may endanger his life. We will keep the media informed once we have received independent confirmation that Shiraaz is safely with the relevant authorities," the family said.
It was in Darkoush on the 10th of January 2017 when Mohamed was captured and held for ransom but his captors according to iol.co.za.
Social media users have sent messages of support for Mohamed and his family.
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