Missionary Couple Kidnapped in West Africa
An Australian missionary couple in their 80s serving in Burkina Faso were kidnapped in January by an al-Qaeda affiliate. Jocelyn Elliot and Dr. Ken Elliot have lived in Dijibo since the 1970s running the town’s medical clinic where Dr. Elliot is the only surgeon.
The Elliots were kidnapped the same day Al-Qaeda attacked Burkina Faso’s capital killing 27 people, including American missionary Michael Riddering.
In an effort to secure the release of imprisoned al-Qaeda members, the militant group released Jocelyn. She arrived safely back to her home in Dijibo, but her husband remains in captivity.
The militant group stated, “The primary motive behind their kidnapping was to [gain] the release of our captives who sit behind bars and suffer the pain of imprisonment, as well as being deprived of their basic rights.”
Jocelyn is hopeful she and her husband will be back together soon serving the people they love at their clinic.
A statement from the Elliot family reads, “The Elliott family are deeply grateful for the safe release of our mother Jocelyn,” the statement from the family reads. “We wish to convey our great appreciation to the authorities in #Niger and #Burkina Faso for their support and assistance.”
Pray for the release of Ken Elliot and for the couples’ safety.