We’ve had a couple of frightening events take place in Mali this week. On Thursday, two French geologists were kidnapped from Hombori, a small town in Eastern Mali. This is the first time kidnappings have happened in this region of Mali. Then on Friday, four tourists were kidnapped from Timbuktu. One of the hostages was shot and killed in the ordeal. Both kidnappings are believed to be the work of Al-Qaeda. They have kidnapped several people from the Sahara region of Mali in the past few years, however this marks the first time kidnappings have happened in populated areas.
Over the weekend, all Western missionaries and aid workers were evacuated from several regions of Mali. One of our YWAM co-workers who was living in one of these areas has temporarily moved in with us. We currently feel safe in Bamako, however we are unsure if these are isolated incidents or are a prelude for more things to come. We are on heightened alert and would appreciate your prayers for this situation.