Burkina Faso Starts Social Media Campaign to Free Australian Couple

Burkina Faso

People in Burkina Faso have gathered together on social media to campaign for the rescue Australian couple missing after Al-Qaida-led attack on Friday in the capital Ouagadougou.

Ken Elliot, a doctor by profession, and wife Jocelyn Elliott, a nutritionist, were kidnapped on the same day of the attack. The couple is known for their collective efforts in improving the health and medical facilities in the town of Djibo near the Mali border. They run a 120-bed clinic, where Dr. Elliot is the only surgeon.

The couple is originally from Perth and has been in assistance to the people there since 1972.

Burkinabe people have started a Facebook page “Djibo soutient Dr. Ken Elliot” which is bringing the cause into notice and it says, Dr Elliott’s “numerous patients are waiting for him”.

“Elliott is all for us and we need him like a baby needs his mother,” said resident Moussa Dicko, quoted on the page.

“Elliott is a Burkinabe and a humane person,” said Francois Ramde. “He represents the best of humanity.”

“Let the name of God not be used in connection with this ignoble act because it was God who sent Elliott to us and will bring him back,” said Roots Hassane.

According to on-going investigations, the couple’s abduction is still not confirmed and no information has been verified for their whereabouts.

In a brief message, Hamadou Ag Khallini, a spokesman to Malian militant group Ansar Dine, informed that the couple was in the hands Al Qaeda-linked “Emirate of the Sahara”, a jihadist group which operates from Northern Mali, reported Australia media.

According to US-based monitoring group SITE, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) quoted that “it was revenge against France and the disbelieving West“.

The attack claimed 29 lives inlcuding Six Canadians, two French people, two Swiss nationals and an American. The attack on the hotel and café was carefully executed, targeting ‘westerners’.

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