Caritas is grateful to be able to announce the release of its kidnapped staff member in Côte d’Ivoire.

“Fr Richard Kissi was released today. He is doing well and has already reached the parish of Notre-Dame de Treichville where he is based,” said Jean Djoman, Director of Human Development at Caritas Côte d’Ivoire.

Fr Richard Kissi, Diocesan Director of Caritas in Abidjan had been kidnapped in the late morning of 29 March by an armed group.

He had been kidnapped while he was heading to Anyama, a suburb of Abidjan, to evacuate seminarians at the “Grand Séminaire” after violent clashes had taken place in the area.

“We do not have any further elements on the circumstances and the motives for his kidnapping yet,” said Mr. Djoman.

Caritas is providing food, health care, sanitation and more to thousands of displaced people inside Côte d’Ivoire and in Liberia.

For more information, please contact Anne-Sophie Legge on +39 06 69879757/+39 335 82 34 233 or legge@caritas.va