American Nun Found Alive 5 Months After Kidnaping in Africa


A Louisiana nun has been found alive five months after she was kidnapped in western Africa.

Sister Suellen Tennyson was taken by a group of armed gunmen from her convent in Yalgo, Burkina Faso, on April 4, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The 83-year-old was freed by her captors and is with U.S. officials in Niamey, Niger, according to a letter obtained by The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate.

“We are grateful to God for the safety of Sister Suellen,” Archbishop of New Orleans Gregory Aymond wrote in a Facebook post.

Tennyson had been living and working in Burkina Faso since 2014.

She is safe,” Sister Ann Lacour told the Clarion Herald. “She is on American soil, but not in America. She is safe. She was recovered (Monday) morning. We have spoken to her. She eventually will get back to the United States.”

No other details about the nun’s time in captivity and her subsequent release were made available.

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