Frenchwoman kidnapped in Kenya dies

2011-10-19 11:21

Paris - France's foreign ministry says a Frenchwoman who was taken hostage off a resort in northern Kenya and had been held in Somalia has died.

The ministry said in a statement that unspecified "contacts" had indicated to French officials that Marie Dedieu had died but that the date and circumstances of her death were not immediately clear.

The ministry said on Wednesday that the kidnappers "probably refused to give her the medication we sent her". Kenya's government blamed the attack on Somali militants from the al-Shabaab group.

Dedieu, who French officials said was in her 60s, was captured from an island resort near the northern Kenyan town of Lamu on October 01.

  • Fran - 2011-10-19 11:26

    How devastating...

      roboman1 - 2011-10-19 11:55

      absolutely sad, poor lady helpless in a wheelchair, trapped by those dark thugs. The forces of darkness are beyond redemption, the solution is to cleanse Africa of these dark forces and to create space for constructive, productive law abiding people to flourish.

      rod.vandeventer - 2011-10-19 12:01

      Well Said Jack

      Joanne - 2011-10-19 12:48

      I feel so sorry for this woman's family, and for Kenya - they are desperately trying to keep their country safe from these marauders, just as they try to protect their wildlife from poachers. It is on of the few countries that really understands the value of eco-tourism and these criminals are set to ruin it for them. Imagine how great it would be if Africa had an AU that was able to discern, judge and act clearly on issues that affect Africa - the Somalia issue could have been long settled by now.

      emile.eley - 2011-10-19 14:35

      Jack remember that you are African as well. Stop the damn insults and generalisations. By the way, the Western world abhors your sentiments, so you should look elsewhere for allies. Mars is a good place to start.

  • Jackie - 2011-10-19 11:54

    silly comment jack, very silly comment

  • justindeklerk - 2011-10-19 12:07

    Poor woman! These barbarians are too cruel to posess a human soul!

  • Deon - 2011-10-19 12:13

    Un and Nato we need you again to clean out some pirates.

  • Allen - 2011-10-19 12:15

    ....and the Gift of the Givers organisation helps these savages! They know nothing else other than how to breed and ask for a handout. Let nature take its course without any interference from the West. Let China feed them!

      modmario - 2011-10-20 10:16


  • John - 2011-10-19 12:32

    I hope the Frech send the K├ępi blanc (Foreign Legion) and sort these bastards out for once and all.

      Myth - 2011-10-19 13:53


  • Lee - 2011-10-19 12:39

    That's why they say earth is hell.

  • pberchu - 2011-10-19 12:43

    This is so unnecessary! What joy will these kidnappers get now? In 2011 these animals have learnt nothing!

  • Dave - 2011-10-19 12:53

    and for what!!!?? I really can't believe that respect for other peoples lives has dropped to nothing!! what did she or her husband ever do to these people? things in this world are really going down the drain and fast!

  • gillian.sanderson - 2011-10-20 09:25

    who puts the thumbs down and who is jack?

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