Yolande Korkie: McGowan’s reintegration process will be difficult

Former hostage Yolande Korkie says while Stephen McGowan will be happy to be home, his reintegration process will be a difficult one.

FILE: Former hostage Yolande Korkie. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former hostage Yolande Korkie says while Stephen McGowan will be happy to be home, his reintegration process will be a difficult one.

McGowan flew home from Timbuktu at the weekend and is said to be in good health.

He was kidnapped by al-Qaeda militants in Mali almost six years ago.

Korkie and her husband Pierre were captured by al-Qaeda militants in 2013.

Yolande’s husband was killed in the cross fire when US armed forces tried to free an American hostage in Yemen.

She says what happened on Thursday is the dream of every hostage and family.

“Five years, five years and a half and going for six years is different from what he left. And not only has the world changed but he and his family have changed. Something happens to you when you’re a hostage, something really deep. Deep seated change. I want to say almost to your DNA but that’s not true, it’s as deep as that.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)