Last Tuesday on the 19th of February, a French family vacationing in Northern Cameroon was kidnapped at gunpoint by the Nigerian-based Islamist group, Boko Haram. The family was spending time at the Waza National Park, a popular tourist destination, when five armed men armed with AK-47s kidnapped the victims from the town of Dadanga and drove them across the border into Nigeria.
The victims include the father, Tanguy Moulin-Fournier, his wife Albane, and their four young boys who have been living in Cameroon’s capital of Yaoundé since 2011. The seventh man, Cyril Moulin-Fournier, is the brother of Tanguy and uncle to the four children. The kidnapping of the Moulin-Fournier family marks 15 French Nationals being held hostage by Islamic groups throughout Africa, seven of whom are believed to be held captive in Northern Mali.