Pierre Korkie a captive for a year

By Hilda Van Dyk
27 May 2014

Pierre Korkie, the South African teacher who taught in Yemen, has spent one year in abduction. His wife, Yolandé , has not seen or spoken to him for over four months.

Today it’s a year since Pierre Korkie and his wife, Yolandé, were abducted by members of Al Qaeda from the front of a hotel in Taiz, Yemen.

Although it’s been at least four months since Yolandé has seen or spoken to her husband, she believes he’s still alive.

At the time of the abduction Pierre (53), Yolandé (48) Pieter-Ben (16) and Lize-Marie (14) had spent four years in Yemen, where Pierre was working as a teacher at the Rafah Foundation for Development, a non-government organisation dedicated to community development among young people. Yolandé was a relief worker at a hospital.

A Bloemfontein newspaper reports that prayer groups will fast and pray for 24 hours today for Pierre’s release at House of Bread, a restaurant and prayer centre. On the prayer list are prayers for his release, wisdom for the people involved in the negotiations and for Pierre’s physical, emotional and psychological staying power.

In a video posted on the internet last week Yolandé pleads again for Al Qaeda to release her husband.

“Pierre is seriously ill and could die as a result of the complications of his condition,” she says. Pierre hasn’t harmed anyone. He’s innocent and a respected teacher. My children and I are missing him.”

Imtiaz Sooliman, of the relief organisation, Gift of the Givers, said last week in a statement Pierre had been seen alive in Yemen in the past few weeks, but that they don’t know where he’s being held.

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