The family of South African paramedic, Gerco van Deventer, who was abducted in Libya more than six years ago, has thanked the Algerian government for his safe return.
Gerco van Deventer was freed by al-Qaeda militants two weeks ago after being held captive since 2017.
Van Deventer was taken to Algeria following his release on 17 December, where he received medical care.
The Van Deventer family on Monday confirmed the safe return of the paramedic.
His wife, Shireen van Deventer, said that Gerco was in high spirits and in good health.
“We will in the coming week be advising of details pertaining to an open media conference. We humbly request that as a family we be given the necessary space and privacy to allow us to heal. Once again, a big heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported us in this time.”
The Gift of the Givers and other role players secured Van Deventer’s release two weeks ago.