A new video of South African journalist Shiraaz Mohamed, who was captured in Syria for nearly three years, has emerged.
In the video, the photo journalist from Johannesburg is seen pleading for his life and encouraging those negotiating for his freedom to treat his captures with respect.
He was kidnapped in the northern parts of Syria in January 2017 after traveling to the war-torn country with an NGO.
In the video, he is blindfolded, handcuffed and being led by an armed guard.
“My life is still in danger, living in captivity for almost three years now. I need you to help free me now,” Mohamed said.
Mohamed’s former wife and close friend Shirley Brijlal told Xinhua on Wednesday that the family was traumatized by his ordeal.
“The family can’t speak at the moment, everything is still traumatic. We can’t deal with any of this,” she said.
International Relations and Cooperation Department spokesperson Clayson Monyela declined to comment when approached today.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for Mohamed’s kidnapping. However, his captors have demanded 1.5 million U.S. dollars as a ransom. Enditem