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Captives still alive three years on

A video showing a South African and a Swedish hostage alive in Mali after three years is a sign that their captors are willing to negotiate, the founder of a South African humanitarian organisation has said.

Gift of the Givers, a South African humanitarian organisation, has begun efforts to negotiate the freedom of Stephen Malcolm McGowan and Johan Gustafsson. Last month a video was posted online showing Gustafsson and McGowan appealing to their governments to negotiate for their freedom.