The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) reported on Friday that it had succeeded in re-establishing contact between the kidnapped Malian opposition leader Soumaila Cissé and his family.
“As a neutral and independent mediator, the ICRC has indicated that it was possible to deliver a number of letters from the opposition leader to his family,” the ICRC said in a statement recalling that “in accordance with its mandate” The mission of the committee in the African country is “exclusively humanitarian”.
In a statement it stated that its mission is to “protect and support the victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence”. “The ICRC offers services to re-establish contact between families who are separated due to conflict and disaster,” the text reads.
“After long months without hearing from him, these letters are an incalculable relief for his family,” said the committee, which will continue to offer these services “according to the parties involved.”