Burkina Facebook campaign to free Australian couple
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Burkina Faso kidnapped Australians: Dr Elliott 'has done so much'

Residents of northern Burkina Faso have launched a social media campaign for the release of an Australian doctor and his wife, kidnapped by suspected Islamists.

Ken and Jocelyn Elliott, who are in their 80s, have built up medical facilities since the 1970s in the town of Djibo near the Mali border.

It is unclear if their abduction is related to Friday's deadly al-Qaeda attack in the capital Ouagadougou.

BBC World News spoke with Dicko Seydou, who now lives in Japan but is originally from Djibo and set up the Facebook page Djibo supports Dr Ken Elliott with local journalists.

  • 17 Jan 2016
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