WATCH: al-Qaeda's South African hostage pleads for release


Mali, 23 June 2015 South African Stephen McGowan was abducted by al Qaeda over three years ago. He has sent an emotional message to his family through a video posted on YouTube by the group.

TIMBUKTU – A South African man kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in northern Mali in over three years ago, has appealed to the government to secure his release.

Stephen Malcolm McGown and a Swedish man were taken captive by the militants in Timbuktu in November 2011.
In a video message seen on YouTube, McGown and the Swede plead for assistance from their respective governments.
They were kidnapped weeks before the rebels took control of a northern region of Mali. 
It&39;s not clear when and where the video was recorded.


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