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McGown peeved over late release

August 11, 2017 10:11 PM
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Freed hostage, Stephen McGown, says he's angry that his captors failed to release him soon enough to see his mother before she died, even though they knew she was critically ill.

He spoke to the media for the first time at a briefing hosted by NGO Gift of the Givers at its premises in Johannesburg on Thursday.

McGown was set free more than a week ago after being held by an al-Qaeda linked group in northern Mali for six years.

"I say I try and see the best in everything, this is the one thing I'm really unable to understand. I can't see much good in not seeing my mother, but all other things I can try and see the positive in them. Forgive or forget - I don't know it's more about forgetting - just putting it behind me and moving on."

"I can be honest, I'm angry about my mother. I'm angry that I was not released prior to this. They were aware that my mother was sick. To miss my mother by two months, I'm angry about this, but I must let go of this."


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