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Gift of the Givers in Mali: Seeking to Arrange the Safe Release of Stephen Malcolm McGown

Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the GiversGift of the Givers, the international aid organisation that is the subject of Imtiaz Sooliman and the Gift of the Givers: A Mercy to All by Shafiq Morton, is currently actively seeking an opportunity to negotiate for the release of Stephen Malcolm McGown.

McGown is a South African who has been held hostage in Mali for more than three years along with Johan Gustafson, who is from Sweden. Sooliman, at the request of MacGown’s father, began looking into negotiations for the two men’s safe release last year.

Naledi Shange reported on the efforts for News24:

Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman said they had sent a negotiator to Mali where the two men have been held captive, reportedly by al-Qaeda, since November 2011.

“We have our man there and we are trying to let the captors know that we have sent someone they can trust, someone who is neutral and honest, who is from [their] area,” said Sooliman.

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