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Beatrice Stockli
Photo: World Watch Monitor

The militant group, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has released a new video on June 16th, purporting to show that a Swiss nun whom they kidnapped in January is still alive and in good health. The three-minute video, which was posted on social media, shows a veiled Beatrice Stockli speaking in French. In the clip, Beatrice says she has been detained for 130 days, but is in good health and has been treated well, although it has been very hot. She concludes by thanking her family and the Swiss government for all of their efforts to secure her release.

In January, after armed men abducted Beatrice from her home in Timbuktu, AQIM released an initial video claiming responsibility for the kidnapping. In that particular video, a masked man speaking English stated, "Beatrice Stockli is a Swiss nun who declared war against Islam in her attempt to Christianize Muslims."

Conditions of Beatrice's release included setting free AQIM fighters jailed in Mali, as well as one of their leaders who is presently detained at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, South Holland. However, Switzerland is demanding that she be unconditionally released.

Please join us in interceding for Beatrice's safe release and for the protection of all Christians in Mali. Continue to uphold this missionary as she endures captivity. Pray that her friends and family will be comforted in the fact that God is working in the midst of her challenging situation. Also intercede on behalf of her captors, that they would understand the seriousness of their actions. Through this Christian worker's witness, may they be given an opportunity to learn of the Lord's great love for them, repent of their ways, and receive His wonderful plan of salvation.