Imtiaz Sooliman

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Imtiaz Sooliman says : “The aim of the campaign is to support high-risk medical professionals on the frontline dealing with infected patients… through protective equipment, ventilators and other essential supplies in the quest to preserve life,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, March 18, 2020 1:21:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman says : “right now there is no emergency, but preparing in advance to support overburdened government health facilities is a reasonable approach in the interests of all South Africans” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, March 18, 2020 1:21:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman concluded : “The absence of clean water in drought-affected areas will complicate efforts to curtail the spread of the virus. Government needs to consider appropriate action urgently. Another simple measure that may not cause too much disruption is to extend the Easter school holidays by an additional week,” External link

citizen Sunday, March 15, 2020 8:36:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Small town economies dependent on festive season tourists are at their wits’ end as water is simply not available to service paying guests,” External link

citizen Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:00:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Communities have bandied together to produce woollen and ceramic items, bake cookies and distribute to markets nationwide,” “There is an intense urgency, a heart-rendering desperation that needs collective united action to save both the Northern and Eastern Cape, and its agricultural, labour intensive economy” External link

citizen Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:00:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We have moved 40 water tanks to Graaff-Reinet, 40 to Adelaide and 10 to Makhanda,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:28:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We have partnered with the local municipality and today a much bigger rollout of tents, blankets, hot meals, mattresses and roof sheeting will commence. Food parcels, stationery and hygiene packs will follow,” External link

iol Thursday, November 14, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explains : “Too little water reaches the main storage tanks in the lower-lying areas to automatically let the booster pumps kick in to pump water to the higher reservoirs, resulting in water always being available in the lower part of the town but leaving people on higher ground completely dry” External link

citizen Saturday, October 12, 2019 8:09:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Dr Groenewald will deal with these issues,” External link

citizen Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:46:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “The demand for Shiraaz’s release is $1.5million. We made it clear that this was not possible,” External link

iol Monday, August 19, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Two different American ladies look like the answer to what's going on. They bought flights for the men and were apparently very close to these boys” External link

businessday Monday, August 19, 2019 3:11:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “My gut feel is they have been taken for organ trafficking,” “The only other circumstance where people would disappear is in hostage situations. This is not a hostage situation” External link

the-star Saturday, August 17, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Both are South African, both are male, both are teachers, both worked in the same city and disappeared in the same city,” External link

the-star Saturday, August 17, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “John was supposed to come home on June 1 on a short holiday. Mushfiq wanted to come home on July 5 also for a holiday and asked his family to deposit money for airfare into his account. The money was deposited but apparently wasn’t retrieved,” External link

the-star Saturday, August 17, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “It was very difficult to get a coherent picture of what exactly happened. Many of the things they told us they say are not confirmed,” External link

the-star Saturday, August 17, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told ( about Van Deventer ) : “They want $1.5m (R22.9m) for [Van Deventer’s] release. His family, however, does not have the means to pay that kind of money,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:21:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told ( about Van Deventer ) : “They want $1.5m (R22.9m) for [Van Deventer’s] release. His family, however, does not have the means to pay that kind of money,” External link

citizen Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:17:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told ( about Van Deventer ) : "They want $1.5m (R22.9m) for [Van Deventer's] release. His family, however, does not have the means to pay that kind of money," External link

irishsun Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told ( about Van Deventer ) : "They want $1.5m (R22.9m) for [Van Deventer's] release. His family, however, does not have the means to pay that kind of money," External link

polandsun Tuesday, August 13, 2019 10:46:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman recalls : "It started in Istanbul in Turkey on August 6, 1992. It was a Thursday night at around 22:00," External link

allafrica Sunday, August 11, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : "It was after prayer that the Sufi spiritual master Muhammad Safer Efendi told me: 'My son, I'm not asking you, I am instructing you to form an organisation, and the name will be Gift of the Givers, and you will serve all people of all races, of all colours and of all religions, of all classes and of all cultures; you will serve any person of any political affiliation, and in any geographical location, and you will serve them all unconditionally. You will not expect anything in return - not even a thank you.'" External link

allafrica Sunday, August 11, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman recalls : "We also got Stephen McGowan and Johan Gustafsson out [in 2017]," External link

allafrica Sunday, August 11, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman recalls : “It started in Istanbul in Turkey on August 6, 1992. It was a Thursday night at around 22:00,” External link

citizen Wednesday, August 7, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “It was after prayer that the Sufi spiritual master Muhammad Safer Efendi told me: ‘My son, I’m not asking you, I am instructing you to form an organisation, and the name will be Gift of the Givers, and you will serve all people of all races, of all colours and of all religions, of all classes and of all cultures; you will serve any person of any political affiliation, and in any geographical location, and you will serve them all unconditionally. You will not expect anything in return – not even a thank you.'” External link

citizen Wednesday, August 7, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “But he told me, ‘In everything that you do, you will know’. And believe me, 27 years later I know everything that has to be done. Whatever is placed in front of me, I don’t know how I know, but I know what to do, when to do it and how to do it,” External link

citizen Wednesday, August 7, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman recalls : “We also got Stephen McGowan and Johan Gustafsson out [in 2017],” External link

citizen Wednesday, August 7, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman wrote : "Today both our intermediaries called, independently of each other, one from Niger and the other from Mali. Apologies for this but they both confirmed that Christo has passed on ... We still don't know how, when and under what circumstances Christo passed on but we have no reason to doubt the message as both our contacts are extremely reliable and trustworthy. My deepest condolences to the family" External link

miningweekly Tuesday, July 30, 2019 5:46:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "Then on July 4, we finally made contact with our Mali intermediary. He was in direct contact with all the captors, but said he knows nothing of Christo's passing and the Indian's ill health. He said he would check," External link

miningweekly Tuesday, July 30, 2019 5:46:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman says : “It was one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make,” External link

thenational Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:19:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explained : “We’re not sure what they’re going to give us, but we left it in good faith that they’ll make the right decision. Based on the next step, we can focus on the next stage which is compensation” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, May 24, 2019 1:09:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “as there was [supposedly] no water crisis in Makhanda,” External link

citizen Thursday, May 16, 2019 8:52:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman alleged : “This is R10 million of taxpayers’ money handed out freely by the government to people as remuneration for work that Gift of the Givers did,” External link

citizen Thursday, May 16, 2019 8:52:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman concluded : “Our hearts are with the people of Makhanda … who waited so patiently for water, but as a matter of principle, we cannot continue,” External link

citizen Thursday, May 16, 2019 8:52:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Our hearts are with the people of Makhanda, the elderly, the women and children and everyone who waited so patiently for water, but as a matter of principle, we cannot continue,” External link

mg Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:35:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “The best part of all is that they’re going to give R7-million to a company for boreholes that we drilled,” External link

mg Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:35:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We lost Pierre Korkie on the day that his release was secured and Stephen McGowan’s mother passed on one month before he was released. We certainly don’t want to live through another such incident,” External link

citizen Monday, May 6, 2019 8:50:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We told them that Shiraaz’s family does not have the means,” “Neither is Shiraaz an employee of a large company that could assist with the payment, nor will the South African government pay. They said they would give us time to consider options” External link

citizen Monday, May 6, 2019 8:50:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “A photojournalist, with a passion to document the hardships of communities in distress, he wanted to narrate the tragedy of the Syrian people to the world through pictures. Shiraaz has been accused of being a foreign spy, a disingenuous way to justify the captivity of an innocent man,” “On 8 January 2018, the first proof of life was received in the form of answers to 10 very personal questions which only Shiraaz could answer. The answers were accurate and Shiraaz’s family had no doubt that it was from him” External link

citizen Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:57:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “We went to Shiraaz's family today to explain this new development and possible consequences. This is exactly what Shiraaz was afraid of in the video where he makes a plea for assistance to secure his release,” External link

iol Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:52:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We lost Pierre Korkie on the day that his release was secured, Stephen McGown's mother passed on one month before Stephen was released and we certainly don't want to live through another such incident,” External link

iol Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:52:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “Shiraaz's family was very emotional, ecstatic, full of hope and grateful to the Almighty. They knew for certain that Shiraaz was alive,” External link

yenisafak-en Monday, April 29, 2019 9:34:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “The proof-of-life video, made on April 13, 2019, arrived by WhatsApp at 10pm on April 26. "Shiraaz’s family were very emotional, ecstatic, full of hope and grateful to the Almighty. They knew for certain that Shiraaz was alive” External link

the-star Monday, April 29, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “Shiraaz’s family was very emotional, ecstatic, full of hope and grateful to the Almighty. They knew for certain that Shiraaz was alive,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Monday, April 29, 2019 6:40:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “Shiraaz’s family was very emotional, ecstatic, full of hope and grateful to the Almighty. They knew for certain that Shiraaz was alive,” External link

middleeastmonitor Sunday, April 28, 2019 6:52:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “A photojournalist, with a passion to document the hardships of communities in distress, he wanted to narrate the tragedy of the Syrian people to the world through pictures. Shiraaz has been accused of being a foreign spy, a disingenuous way to justify the captivity of an innocent man,” “On 8 January 2018, the first proof of life was received in the form of answers to 10 very personal questions which only Shiraaz could answer. The answers were accurate and Shiraaz’s family had no doubt that it was from him” External link

citizen Sunday, April 28, 2019 5:23:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “Shiraaz's family was very emotional, ecstatic, full of hope and grateful to the Almighty. They knew for certain that Shiraaz was alive,” External link

aa-en Sunday, April 28, 2019 5:23:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : "Shiraaz's family was very emotional, ecstatic, full of hope and grateful to the Almighty. They knew for certain that Shiraaz was alive," External link

haberler-en Sunday, April 28, 2019 5:07:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "People in informal settlements suddenly had rivers gushing next to them," External link

watoday Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:26:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "People in informal settlements suddenly had rivers gushing next to them," External link

smh Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:56:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "People in informal settlements suddenly had rivers gushing next to them," External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:44:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "People in informal settlements suddenly had rivers gushing next to them," External link

theage Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “People in informal settlements suddenly had rivers gushing next to them,” External link

nytimes Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:36:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Our intervention includes 70 personnel (aquatic rescue, rescue technicians, rescue divers, advanced life support paramedics and doctors), 22 vehicles, 10 power boats, four jetskis, 14 inflatable, non-motorised two-man rescue boats, a range of rescue equipment and access to an eight-seater plane. This is Gift of the Givers' largest water rescue preparation in its 26-year history. We assisted Mozambique in 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2013,” External link

the-star Thursday, March 21, 2019 11:44:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “After getting some information yesterday [Sunday], it seemed that a lot of people are in really serious trouble in terms of the water levels raising beyond their roofs, we decided that we need to do something and at 4am we sent out 32 people with 4x4s and boats” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:57:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “I have spoken to the department and the SA embassy in Turkey and asked that every effort be made to bring them back, especially children,” External link

iol Sunday, March 3, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Gift of the Givers brought in 300 containers of bottled water by ship and road to Cape Town from January, at our cost, to assist the citizens of the whole of the Western Cape. "This water was sponsored by South Africans directly to Gift of the Givers. We have responded to various water crises in the Western Cape throughout 2018,” “Gift of the Givers has already packed trucks with bottled water to deliver this coming week to the areas mentioned in the letter. Many corporates have once again asked us to collect tons of bottled water from next week to respond to the various severely drought-affected areas in the Western Cape” External link

iol Monday, January 14, 2019 8:16:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explains : “We did find water. Right now, we have 420,000 litres per day. That borehole should be fully functional today. We are looking at more boreholes for at least 1 million litres of water a day, so that the whole town can be fed” External link

iafrica Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:34:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explica : "É um processo longo. As mensagens são transmitidas de pessoa para pessoa ao longo de uma cadeia, nada é por telefone ou e-mail" External link

bbc-portuguese-brasil Sunday, November 12, 2017 10:31:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman conta : "Os adultos estavam convencidos, mas os jovens da Al-Qaeda disseram que não, uma vez que abriria um precedente" External link

bbc-portuguese-brasil Sunday, November 12, 2017 10:31:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “I had to tell them that my organisation does not pay anybody money,” External link

the-star Friday, August 11, 2017 12:31:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “I had to tell them that my organisation does not pay anybody money,” External link

iol Friday, August 11, 2017 11:24:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "In this business you build a relationship with one person. If you change that person, the negotiations are gone. They build trust and a relationship with one person. The only person that the captors had trust in, via their intermediaries because we don't meet the captors but the intermediaries, is Yehia. If the money had to go through us, he had to deliver it personally. Yehia has not left South Africa in the last four months," External link

iol Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:58:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman déclaré ( about Les Français ) : “Les Français n’ont pas été impliqués dans les négociations pour la libération de McGown depuis deux ans parce que nous leur avions prévenu qu’Al-Qaeda les considérait comme ses ennemis et cela aurait menacé les négociations” External link

mali-web Saturday, August 5, 2017 1:01:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “He is still in hospital for a few days but he will be out next week,” External link

iol Saturday, August 5, 2017 12:45:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “I’m ecstatic. It doesn’t matter how he came out. He came out,” External link

japantimes Friday, August 4, 2017 5:17:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : "We had seen the sadness in the mother's eye and watched how she patiently waited in dignified pain for the return of her son. We failed her -- my heart bleeds for her," External link

naharnet-en Thursday, August 3, 2017 7:12:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : "We had seen the sadness in the mother's eye and watched how she patiently waited in dignified pain for the return of her son. We failed her -- my heart bleeds for her," External link

digitaljournal Thursday, August 3, 2017 4:24:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : "We had seen the sadness in the mother's eye and watched how she patiently waited in dignified pain for the return of her son. We failed her -- my heart bleeds for her," External link

iafrica Thursday, August 3, 2017 4:10:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “We had seen the sadness in the mother’s eye and watched how she patiently waited in dignified pain for the return of her son. We failed her — my heart bleeds for her,” External link

news_com_au Thursday, August 3, 2017 4:03:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "I have no idea where they got that information from,amp;" External link

irishsun Friday, February 17, 2017 5:12:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “We have received word that there will be rounding up of suspects, arrests, investigations and raids into different areas in an attempt to find Shiraaz. This process has already commenced. Various prisons will be visited in the days ahead to ascertain if Shiraaz has been wrongfully detained” External link

enca Saturday, February 4, 2017 2:14:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “As an aside, we have Shiraaz’s belongings, his laptop and camera,” External link

enca Monday, January 23, 2017 6:14:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “But in spite of these challenges we have received excellent co-operation through ‘connected’ people who, through their own individual research and ‘networks’, have confirmed that Shiraaz is alive - just their word on this but no proof of life,” External link

mg Monday, January 23, 2017 4:45:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “From all our interactions with the different people, including a high profile Syrian journalist, it appears that their information is credible. We can’t independently verify it as yet but we are not ignoring it,” External link

mg Monday, January 23, 2017 4:45:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “In the next 48 hours we are expecting more information so we wait patiently,” “We have a very decisive plan and will use it as leverage if the need arises” External link

mg Monday, January 23, 2017 4:45:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We are trying to make sense of those questions,” External link

iol Saturday, January 21, 2017 4:40:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “They are trying to look at different scenarios and looking at different options. We need someone to negotiate with,” External link

iol Saturday, January 21, 2017 4:40:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “We spoke to the Turkish governor, who has influence in the area, and they have said they will give us any assistance possible to track down Shiraaz. They have people on the ground in parts of Syria and they will assist us in tracking him down,” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:59:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “The people are holding protests in Syria with large pictures of Shiraaz and they’re saying they want him released. This is also spreading information in the community so it gives us hope,” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:59:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “We’ve been in Syria for four years. Because of the ceasefire this is the most quiet it has been since we started working in the region. So while other people view the area as volatile, we know how to work in it,” “We are working with the Department of International Relations and Co-operation and also using our own processes to find Shiraaz” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:59:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “We spoke to the Turkish governor, who has influence in the area, and they have said they will give us any assistance possible to track down Shiraaz. They have people on the ground in parts of Syria and they will assist us in tracking him down,” External link

iol Tuesday, January 17, 2017 11:46:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “The people are holding protests in Syria with large pictures of Shiraaz and they’re saying they want him released. This is also spreading information in the community so it gives us hope,” External link

iol Tuesday, January 17, 2017 11:46:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “We’ve been in Syria for four years. Because of the ceasefire this is the most quiet it has been since we started working in the region. So while other people view the area as volatile, we know how to work in it,” “We are working with the Department of International Relations and Co-operation and also using our own processes to find Shiraaz” External link

iol Tuesday, January 17, 2017 11:46:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “They wanted to know if Shiraaz had some disagreement with Ahmad. Ahmad replied that, on the contrary, Shiraaz was invited to have meals and sleep at his home and that he had taken Shiraaz to some of the areas to take his pictures,” External link

iol Monday, January 16, 2017 8:46:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “They wanted to know if Shiraaz had some disagreement with Ahmad. Ahmad replied that, on the contrary, Shiraaz was invited to have meals and sleep at his home and that he had taken Shiraaz to some of the areas to take his pictures,” External link

the-star Monday, January 16, 2017 8:13:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "They wanted to know if Shiraaz had some disagreement with Ahmad. Ahmad replied that, on the contrary, Shiraaz was invited to have meals and sleep at Ahmad's home and that Ahmad had taken Shiraaz to some of the areas to take his pictures," External link

thetimes-za Monday, January 16, 2017 8:07:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : "The al-Nusra people said they have an interest in the case and will assist in the search for Shiraaz," External link

thetimes-za Monday, January 16, 2017 8:07:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : "There has been no demand. Even when they took him they didn’t say 'we are taking him for ransom or money'. They are taking him for a misunderstanding. What’s the misunderstanding? I don’t know," External link

enca Sunday, January 15, 2017 11:26:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "They took the road they normally take when transporting patients by ambulance," "It's a relatively safe route. There's never been an incident here in all these years" External link

BBCMonitoring Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:08:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : "A few men with guns got off, were very calm and came to the car. They opened the doors, put a gun to the head of our two people and looked at Shiraaz," External link

BBCMonitoring Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:08:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman added : “When our two asked who they (the kidnappers) were, they said they represent all groups inside Syria,” External link

arabtimes Sunday, January 15, 2017 1:23:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman expliqué : "Shiraaz Mohamed était en chemin avec deux personnes de nos équipes vers la frontière turque pour quitter la Syrie lorsque deux véhicules les ont bloqués" External link

afp-fr Saturday, January 14, 2017 7:24:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "They asked if Shiraaz is a foreigner. Our people replied yes. They asked if he has a passport. They said yes. They asked if he's Muslim. They said yes," External link

ABCnews Saturday, January 14, 2017 6:42:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “They asked if Shiraaz is a foreigner. Our people replied yes. They asked if he has a passport. They said yes. They asked if he’s Muslim. They said yes,” External link

therepublic Saturday, January 14, 2017 6:40:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "They asked if Shiraaz is a foreigner. Our people replied yes. They asked if he has a passport. They said yes. They asked if he's Muslim. They said yes," External link

newzimbabwe Saturday, January 14, 2017 6:23:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman added : "When our two asked who they (the kidnappers) were, they said they represent all groups inside Syria," External link

afp-en Saturday, January 14, 2017 5:38:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “They said they only want to question him and will return him in two days to the Gift of the Givers Ar Rahma Hospital. They want to clear a misunderstanding. What misunderstanding we don’t know‚” External link

iol Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:26:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "They asked if Shiraaz is a foreigner. Our people replied yes. They asked if he has a passport. They said yes. They asked if he's Muslim. They said yes," External link

siouxcityjournal Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:51:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman expliqué : "Shiraaz Mohamed était en chemin avec deux personnes de nos équipes vers la frontière turque pour quitter la Syrie lorsque deux véhicules les ont bloqués" External link

lorientlejour Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:48:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explique : "Ils ont ensuite libéré nos deux employés, ont dit qu'ils voulaient seulement questionner Shiraaz et qu'ils le libèreraient dans deux jours" External link

lorientlejour Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:48:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "They then released the two and returned the cellphone. When our two asked who they were, they said they represent all groups inside Syria. When our two asked where they were now, they gave the name of the area and precise location (I can't mention it for now). Our [guys] said don't harm Shiraaz because he is a guest. “They said they only want to question him and will return him in two days to the Gift of the Givers Ar Rahma Hospital. They want to clear a misunderstanding. What misunderstanding we don't know‚" External link

iol Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:13:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman expliqué : "Shiraaz Mohamed était en chemin avec deux personnes de nos équipes vers la frontière turque pour quitter la Syrie lorsque deux véhicules les ont bloqués" External link

afp-fr Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:10:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explique : "Ils ont ensuite libéré nos deux employés, ont dit qu'ils voulaient seulement questionner Shiraaz et qu'ils le libèreraient dans deux jours" External link

afp-fr Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:10:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "Our driver hooted at them to move out of the way. A few men with guns got off‚ were very calm and came to the car. They opened the doors‚ put a gun to the head of our two people and looked at Shiraaz. Our people told them not to take Shiraaz as it could harm support for the hospital. They replied that they think that there is some misunderstanding and that they need to question him and will return him in two days‚" External link

thetimes-za Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:43:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Northern Syria ) : “We request special assistance for the millions trapped in Syria, and thank all those countries that have welcomed these desperate people to their lands,” External link

iol Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:32:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We have set up refugee camps, provided tents, blankets, clothes, baby milk powder and food parcels, built a warehouse to stock emergency supplies, have added a mortuary to the hospital, built a feeding centre from where cooked meals are provided daily, and have a cooler room receiving sacrificial meat” External link

iol Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:32:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We pray that by this Christmas we succeed in securing an unconditional release as we have run out of options,” External link

coastweek Saturday, November 26, 2016 4:21:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "We pray that by this Christmas we succeed in securing an unconditional release as we have run out of options," External link

iol Thursday, November 24, 2016 10:27:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "We pray that by this Christmas we succeed in securing an unconditional release as we have run out of options," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, November 24, 2016 6:05:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman recalled : “The moment he walked in there they said: You know who we are, we are al-Qaeda, what you want?’ Just like that, it was the introduction,” External link

iol Sunday, November 20, 2016 10:41:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “If you are not king in your own country, you are not going to be king in the rest of the world,” External link

iol Sunday, November 20, 2016 10:41:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about North ) : “He will meet intermediaries in both countries. Between now and September 12, as a gesture of goodwill, and in keeping with the Islamic principle of sacrifice related to the festival of Eid which follows the hajj (pilgrimage), he will purchase cattle in multiple villages in Niger and North Mali. The cattle will all be sacrificed on September 12,” External link

iol Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:13:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explained : "Items are purchased in Turkey then delivered across the border into Syria. My teams then take over and deliver at the 'safest' possible time through the 'safest' possible route," External link

allafrica Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:54:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "It was a drone attack that struck 100m away from the hospital. Fortunately there was no damage and no injuries" External link

thetimes-za Monday, August 1, 2016 9:12:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "We are under no illusion that further attacks are going to follow on both our hospitals. The medical teams serve with absolute dedication and commitment knowing full well that they are at extremely high risk. Many of the medical personnel have come from other medical facilities that were totally bombed and now are serving at our hospitals‚" External link

thetimes-za Monday, August 1, 2016 9:12:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "It was a drone attack that struck 100m away from the hospital. Fortunately there was no damage and no injuries" External link

thetimes-za Monday, August 1, 2016 9:03:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "We are under no illusion that further attacks are going to follow on both our hospitals. The medical teams serve with absolute dedication and commitment knowing full well that they are at extremely high risk. Many of the medical personnel have come from other medical facilities that were totally bombed and now are serving at our hospitals‚" External link

thetimes-za Monday, August 1, 2016 9:03:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "Immediately, there were 22 fatalities, mostly women and children," External link

enca Friday, July 8, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "We immediately sent teams across using our four ambulances; 22 people died on site‚ including women and children. Fifty were rushed to hospital. We treated some of the people‚ but others were sent to Turkey‚" External link

thetimes-za Friday, July 8, 2016 6:23:00 PM EAT



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Imtiaz Sooliman says : “The aim of the campaign is to support high-risk medical professionals on the frontline dealing with infected patients… through protective equipment, ventilators and other essential supplies in the quest to preserve life,” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, March 18, 2020 1:21:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman says : “right now there is no emergency, but preparing in advance to support overburdened government health facilities is a reasonable approach in the interests of all South Africans” External link

dailymaverick Wednesday, March 18, 2020 1:21:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman concluded : “The absence of clean water in drought-affected areas will complicate efforts to curtail the spread of the virus. Government needs to consider appropriate action urgently. Another simple measure that may not cause too much disruption is to extend the Easter school holidays by an additional week,” External link

citizen Sunday, March 15, 2020 8:36:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Small town economies dependent on festive season tourists are at their wits’ end as water is simply not available to service paying guests,” External link

citizen Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:00:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Communities have bandied together to produce woollen and ceramic items, bake cookies and distribute to markets nationwide,” “There is an intense urgency, a heart-rendering desperation that needs collective united action to save both the Northern and Eastern Cape, and its agricultural, labour intensive economy” External link

citizen Sunday, December 8, 2019 11:00:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We have moved 40 water tanks to Graaff-Reinet, 40 to Adelaide and 10 to Makhanda,” External link

dailymaverick Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:28:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We have partnered with the local municipality and today a much bigger rollout of tents, blankets, hot meals, mattresses and roof sheeting will commence. Food parcels, stationery and hygiene packs will follow,” External link

iol Thursday, November 14, 2019 7:13:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explains : “Too little water reaches the main storage tanks in the lower-lying areas to automatically let the booster pumps kick in to pump water to the higher reservoirs, resulting in water always being available in the lower part of the town but leaving people on higher ground completely dry” External link

citizen Saturday, October 12, 2019 8:09:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Dr Groenewald will deal with these issues,” External link

citizen Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:46:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “The demand for Shiraaz’s release is $1.5million. We made it clear that this was not possible,” External link

iol Monday, August 19, 2019 9:04:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Two different American ladies look like the answer to what's going on. They bought flights for the men and were apparently very close to these boys” External link

businessday Monday, August 19, 2019 3:11:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “My gut feel is they have been taken for organ trafficking,” “The only other circumstance where people would disappear is in hostage situations. This is not a hostage situation” External link

the-star Saturday, August 17, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Both are South African, both are male, both are teachers, both worked in the same city and disappeared in the same city,” External link

the-star Saturday, August 17, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “John was supposed to come home on June 1 on a short holiday. Mushfiq wanted to come home on July 5 also for a holiday and asked his family to deposit money for airfare into his account. The money was deposited but apparently wasn’t retrieved,” External link

the-star Saturday, August 17, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “It was very difficult to get a coherent picture of what exactly happened. Many of the things they told us they say are not confirmed,” External link

the-star Saturday, August 17, 2019 3:18:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told ( about Van Deventer ) : “They want $1.5m (R22.9m) for [Van Deventer’s] release. His family, however, does not have the means to pay that kind of money,” External link

dailymaverick Tuesday, August 13, 2019 6:21:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told ( about Van Deventer ) : “They want $1.5m (R22.9m) for [Van Deventer’s] release. His family, however, does not have the means to pay that kind of money,” External link

citizen Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:17:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told ( about Van Deventer ) : "They want $1.5m (R22.9m) for [Van Deventer's] release. His family, however, does not have the means to pay that kind of money," External link

irishsun Tuesday, August 13, 2019 11:05:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told ( about Van Deventer ) : "They want $1.5m (R22.9m) for [Van Deventer's] release. His family, however, does not have the means to pay that kind of money," External link

polandsun Tuesday, August 13, 2019 10:46:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman recalls : "It started in Istanbul in Turkey on August 6, 1992. It was a Thursday night at around 22:00," External link

allafrica Sunday, August 11, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : "It was after prayer that the Sufi spiritual master Muhammad Safer Efendi told me: 'My son, I'm not asking you, I am instructing you to form an organisation, and the name will be Gift of the Givers, and you will serve all people of all races, of all colours and of all religions, of all classes and of all cultures; you will serve any person of any political affiliation, and in any geographical location, and you will serve them all unconditionally. You will not expect anything in return - not even a thank you.'" External link

allafrica Sunday, August 11, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman recalls : "We also got Stephen McGowan and Johan Gustafsson out [in 2017]," External link

allafrica Sunday, August 11, 2019 7:17:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman recalls : “It started in Istanbul in Turkey on August 6, 1992. It was a Thursday night at around 22:00,” External link

citizen Wednesday, August 7, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “It was after prayer that the Sufi spiritual master Muhammad Safer Efendi told me: ‘My son, I’m not asking you, I am instructing you to form an organisation, and the name will be Gift of the Givers, and you will serve all people of all races, of all colours and of all religions, of all classes and of all cultures; you will serve any person of any political affiliation, and in any geographical location, and you will serve them all unconditionally. You will not expect anything in return – not even a thank you.'” External link

citizen Wednesday, August 7, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “But he told me, ‘In everything that you do, you will know’. And believe me, 27 years later I know everything that has to be done. Whatever is placed in front of me, I don’t know how I know, but I know what to do, when to do it and how to do it,” External link

citizen Wednesday, August 7, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman recalls : “We also got Stephen McGowan and Johan Gustafsson out [in 2017],” External link

citizen Wednesday, August 7, 2019 3:08:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman wrote : "Today both our intermediaries called, independently of each other, one from Niger and the other from Mali. Apologies for this but they both confirmed that Christo has passed on ... We still don't know how, when and under what circumstances Christo passed on but we have no reason to doubt the message as both our contacts are extremely reliable and trustworthy. My deepest condolences to the family" External link

miningweekly Tuesday, July 30, 2019 5:46:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "Then on July 4, we finally made contact with our Mali intermediary. He was in direct contact with all the captors, but said he knows nothing of Christo's passing and the Indian's ill health. He said he would check," External link

miningweekly Tuesday, July 30, 2019 5:46:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman says : “It was one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make,” External link

thenational Wednesday, July 3, 2019 12:19:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explained : “We’re not sure what they’re going to give us, but we left it in good faith that they’ll make the right decision. Based on the next step, we can focus on the next stage which is compensation” External link

eyewitness-news Friday, May 24, 2019 1:09:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “as there was [supposedly] no water crisis in Makhanda,” External link

citizen Thursday, May 16, 2019 8:52:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman alleged : “This is R10 million of taxpayers’ money handed out freely by the government to people as remuneration for work that Gift of the Givers did,” External link

citizen Thursday, May 16, 2019 8:52:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman concluded : “Our hearts are with the people of Makhanda … who waited so patiently for water, but as a matter of principle, we cannot continue,” External link

citizen Thursday, May 16, 2019 8:52:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Our hearts are with the people of Makhanda, the elderly, the women and children and everyone who waited so patiently for water, but as a matter of principle, we cannot continue,” External link

mg Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:35:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “The best part of all is that they’re going to give R7-million to a company for boreholes that we drilled,” External link

mg Thursday, May 16, 2019 4:35:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We lost Pierre Korkie on the day that his release was secured and Stephen McGowan’s mother passed on one month before he was released. We certainly don’t want to live through another such incident,” External link

citizen Monday, May 6, 2019 8:50:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We told them that Shiraaz’s family does not have the means,” “Neither is Shiraaz an employee of a large company that could assist with the payment, nor will the South African government pay. They said they would give us time to consider options” External link

citizen Monday, May 6, 2019 8:50:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “A photojournalist, with a passion to document the hardships of communities in distress, he wanted to narrate the tragedy of the Syrian people to the world through pictures. Shiraaz has been accused of being a foreign spy, a disingenuous way to justify the captivity of an innocent man,” “On 8 January 2018, the first proof of life was received in the form of answers to 10 very personal questions which only Shiraaz could answer. The answers were accurate and Shiraaz’s family had no doubt that it was from him” External link

citizen Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:57:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “We went to Shiraaz's family today to explain this new development and possible consequences. This is exactly what Shiraaz was afraid of in the video where he makes a plea for assistance to secure his release,” External link

iol Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:52:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We lost Pierre Korkie on the day that his release was secured, Stephen McGown's mother passed on one month before Stephen was released and we certainly don't want to live through another such incident,” External link

iol Saturday, May 4, 2019 7:52:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “Shiraaz's family was very emotional, ecstatic, full of hope and grateful to the Almighty. They knew for certain that Shiraaz was alive,” External link

yenisafak-en Monday, April 29, 2019 9:34:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “The proof-of-life video, made on April 13, 2019, arrived by WhatsApp at 10pm on April 26. "Shiraaz’s family were very emotional, ecstatic, full of hope and grateful to the Almighty. They knew for certain that Shiraaz was alive” External link

the-star Monday, April 29, 2019 9:18:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “Shiraaz’s family was very emotional, ecstatic, full of hope and grateful to the Almighty. They knew for certain that Shiraaz was alive,” External link

TheFrontierPost-en Monday, April 29, 2019 6:40:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “Shiraaz’s family was very emotional, ecstatic, full of hope and grateful to the Almighty. They knew for certain that Shiraaz was alive,” External link

middleeastmonitor Sunday, April 28, 2019 6:52:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “A photojournalist, with a passion to document the hardships of communities in distress, he wanted to narrate the tragedy of the Syrian people to the world through pictures. Shiraaz has been accused of being a foreign spy, a disingenuous way to justify the captivity of an innocent man,” “On 8 January 2018, the first proof of life was received in the form of answers to 10 very personal questions which only Shiraaz could answer. The answers were accurate and Shiraaz’s family had no doubt that it was from him” External link

citizen Sunday, April 28, 2019 5:23:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “Shiraaz's family was very emotional, ecstatic, full of hope and grateful to the Almighty. They knew for certain that Shiraaz was alive,” External link

aa-en Sunday, April 28, 2019 5:23:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : "Shiraaz's family was very emotional, ecstatic, full of hope and grateful to the Almighty. They knew for certain that Shiraaz was alive," External link

haberler-en Sunday, April 28, 2019 5:07:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "People in informal settlements suddenly had rivers gushing next to them," External link

watoday Thursday, April 25, 2019 11:26:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "People in informal settlements suddenly had rivers gushing next to them," External link

smh Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:56:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "People in informal settlements suddenly had rivers gushing next to them," External link

brisbanetimes Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:44:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "People in informal settlements suddenly had rivers gushing next to them," External link

theage Thursday, April 25, 2019 8:25:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “People in informal settlements suddenly had rivers gushing next to them,” External link

nytimes Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:36:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Our intervention includes 70 personnel (aquatic rescue, rescue technicians, rescue divers, advanced life support paramedics and doctors), 22 vehicles, 10 power boats, four jetskis, 14 inflatable, non-motorised two-man rescue boats, a range of rescue equipment and access to an eight-seater plane. This is Gift of the Givers' largest water rescue preparation in its 26-year history. We assisted Mozambique in 2000, 2001, 2006 and 2013,” External link

the-star Thursday, March 21, 2019 11:44:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “After getting some information yesterday [Sunday], it seemed that a lot of people are in really serious trouble in terms of the water levels raising beyond their roofs, we decided that we need to do something and at 4am we sent out 32 people with 4x4s and boats” External link

eyewitness-news Tuesday, March 19, 2019 11:57:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “I have spoken to the department and the SA embassy in Turkey and asked that every effort be made to bring them back, especially children,” External link

iol Sunday, March 3, 2019 2:16:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “Gift of the Givers brought in 300 containers of bottled water by ship and road to Cape Town from January, at our cost, to assist the citizens of the whole of the Western Cape. "This water was sponsored by South Africans directly to Gift of the Givers. We have responded to various water crises in the Western Cape throughout 2018,” “Gift of the Givers has already packed trucks with bottled water to deliver this coming week to the areas mentioned in the letter. Many corporates have once again asked us to collect tons of bottled water from next week to respond to the various severely drought-affected areas in the Western Cape” External link

iol Monday, January 14, 2019 8:16:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explains : “We did find water. Right now, we have 420,000 litres per day. That borehole should be fully functional today. We are looking at more boreholes for at least 1 million litres of water a day, so that the whole town can be fed” External link

iafrica Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:34:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explica : "É um processo longo. As mensagens são transmitidas de pessoa para pessoa ao longo de uma cadeia, nada é por telefone ou e-mail" External link

bbc-portuguese-brasil Sunday, November 12, 2017 10:31:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman conta : "Os adultos estavam convencidos, mas os jovens da Al-Qaeda disseram que não, uma vez que abriria um precedente" External link

bbc-portuguese-brasil Sunday, November 12, 2017 10:31:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “I had to tell them that my organisation does not pay anybody money,” External link

the-star Friday, August 11, 2017 12:31:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “I had to tell them that my organisation does not pay anybody money,” External link

iol Friday, August 11, 2017 11:24:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "In this business you build a relationship with one person. If you change that person, the negotiations are gone. They build trust and a relationship with one person. The only person that the captors had trust in, via their intermediaries because we don't meet the captors but the intermediaries, is Yehia. If the money had to go through us, he had to deliver it personally. Yehia has not left South Africa in the last four months," External link

iol Thursday, August 10, 2017 10:58:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman déclaré ( about Les Français ) : “Les Français n’ont pas été impliqués dans les négociations pour la libération de McGown depuis deux ans parce que nous leur avions prévenu qu’Al-Qaeda les considérait comme ses ennemis et cela aurait menacé les négociations” External link

mali-web Saturday, August 5, 2017 1:01:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “He is still in hospital for a few days but he will be out next week,” External link

iol Saturday, August 5, 2017 12:45:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “I’m ecstatic. It doesn’t matter how he came out. He came out,” External link

japantimes Friday, August 4, 2017 5:17:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : "We had seen the sadness in the mother's eye and watched how she patiently waited in dignified pain for the return of her son. We failed her -- my heart bleeds for her," External link

naharnet-en Thursday, August 3, 2017 7:12:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : "We had seen the sadness in the mother's eye and watched how she patiently waited in dignified pain for the return of her son. We failed her -- my heart bleeds for her," External link

digitaljournal Thursday, August 3, 2017 4:24:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : "We had seen the sadness in the mother's eye and watched how she patiently waited in dignified pain for the return of her son. We failed her -- my heart bleeds for her," External link

iafrica Thursday, August 3, 2017 4:10:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “We had seen the sadness in the mother’s eye and watched how she patiently waited in dignified pain for the return of her son. We failed her — my heart bleeds for her,” External link

news_com_au Thursday, August 3, 2017 4:03:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "I have no idea where they got that information from,amp;" External link

irishsun Friday, February 17, 2017 5:12:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “We have received word that there will be rounding up of suspects, arrests, investigations and raids into different areas in an attempt to find Shiraaz. This process has already commenced. Various prisons will be visited in the days ahead to ascertain if Shiraaz has been wrongfully detained” External link

enca Saturday, February 4, 2017 2:14:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “As an aside, we have Shiraaz’s belongings, his laptop and camera,” External link

enca Monday, January 23, 2017 6:14:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “But in spite of these challenges we have received excellent co-operation through ‘connected’ people who, through their own individual research and ‘networks’, have confirmed that Shiraaz is alive - just their word on this but no proof of life,” External link

mg Monday, January 23, 2017 4:45:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “From all our interactions with the different people, including a high profile Syrian journalist, it appears that their information is credible. We can’t independently verify it as yet but we are not ignoring it,” External link

mg Monday, January 23, 2017 4:45:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “In the next 48 hours we are expecting more information so we wait patiently,” “We have a very decisive plan and will use it as leverage if the need arises” External link

mg Monday, January 23, 2017 4:45:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We are trying to make sense of those questions,” External link

iol Saturday, January 21, 2017 4:40:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “They are trying to look at different scenarios and looking at different options. We need someone to negotiate with,” External link

iol Saturday, January 21, 2017 4:40:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “We spoke to the Turkish governor, who has influence in the area, and they have said they will give us any assistance possible to track down Shiraaz. They have people on the ground in parts of Syria and they will assist us in tracking him down,” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:59:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “The people are holding protests in Syria with large pictures of Shiraaz and they’re saying they want him released. This is also spreading information in the community so it gives us hope,” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:59:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “We’ve been in Syria for four years. Because of the ceasefire this is the most quiet it has been since we started working in the region. So while other people view the area as volatile, we know how to work in it,” “We are working with the Department of International Relations and Co-operation and also using our own processes to find Shiraaz” External link

the-star Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:59:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “We spoke to the Turkish governor, who has influence in the area, and they have said they will give us any assistance possible to track down Shiraaz. They have people on the ground in parts of Syria and they will assist us in tracking him down,” External link

iol Tuesday, January 17, 2017 11:46:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “The people are holding protests in Syria with large pictures of Shiraaz and they’re saying they want him released. This is also spreading information in the community so it gives us hope,” External link

iol Tuesday, January 17, 2017 11:46:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : “We’ve been in Syria for four years. Because of the ceasefire this is the most quiet it has been since we started working in the region. So while other people view the area as volatile, we know how to work in it,” “We are working with the Department of International Relations and Co-operation and also using our own processes to find Shiraaz” External link

iol Tuesday, January 17, 2017 11:46:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “They wanted to know if Shiraaz had some disagreement with Ahmad. Ahmad replied that, on the contrary, Shiraaz was invited to have meals and sleep at his home and that he had taken Shiraaz to some of the areas to take his pictures,” External link

iol Monday, January 16, 2017 8:46:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “They wanted to know if Shiraaz had some disagreement with Ahmad. Ahmad replied that, on the contrary, Shiraaz was invited to have meals and sleep at his home and that he had taken Shiraaz to some of the areas to take his pictures,” External link

the-star Monday, January 16, 2017 8:13:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "They wanted to know if Shiraaz had some disagreement with Ahmad. Ahmad replied that, on the contrary, Shiraaz was invited to have meals and sleep at Ahmad's home and that Ahmad had taken Shiraaz to some of the areas to take his pictures," External link

thetimes-za Monday, January 16, 2017 8:07:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : "The al-Nusra people said they have an interest in the case and will assist in the search for Shiraaz," External link

thetimes-za Monday, January 16, 2017 8:07:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : "There has been no demand. Even when they took him they didn’t say 'we are taking him for ransom or money'. They are taking him for a misunderstanding. What’s the misunderstanding? I don’t know," External link

enca Sunday, January 15, 2017 11:26:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "They took the road they normally take when transporting patients by ambulance," "It's a relatively safe route. There's never been an incident here in all these years" External link

BBCMonitoring Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:08:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Shiraaz Mohamed ) : "A few men with guns got off, were very calm and came to the car. They opened the doors, put a gun to the head of our two people and looked at Shiraaz," External link

BBCMonitoring Sunday, January 15, 2017 4:08:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman added : “When our two asked who they (the kidnappers) were, they said they represent all groups inside Syria,” External link

arabtimes Sunday, January 15, 2017 1:23:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman expliqué : "Shiraaz Mohamed était en chemin avec deux personnes de nos équipes vers la frontière turque pour quitter la Syrie lorsque deux véhicules les ont bloqués" External link

afp-fr Saturday, January 14, 2017 7:24:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "They asked if Shiraaz is a foreigner. Our people replied yes. They asked if he has a passport. They said yes. They asked if he's Muslim. They said yes," External link

ABCnews Saturday, January 14, 2017 6:42:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “They asked if Shiraaz is a foreigner. Our people replied yes. They asked if he has a passport. They said yes. They asked if he’s Muslim. They said yes,” External link

therepublic Saturday, January 14, 2017 6:40:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "They asked if Shiraaz is a foreigner. Our people replied yes. They asked if he has a passport. They said yes. They asked if he's Muslim. They said yes," External link

newzimbabwe Saturday, January 14, 2017 6:23:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman added : "When our two asked who they (the kidnappers) were, they said they represent all groups inside Syria," External link

afp-en Saturday, January 14, 2017 5:38:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “They said they only want to question him and will return him in two days to the Gift of the Givers Ar Rahma Hospital. They want to clear a misunderstanding. What misunderstanding we don’t know‚” External link

iol Saturday, January 14, 2017 4:26:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "They asked if Shiraaz is a foreigner. Our people replied yes. They asked if he has a passport. They said yes. They asked if he's Muslim. They said yes," External link

siouxcityjournal Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:51:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman expliqué : "Shiraaz Mohamed était en chemin avec deux personnes de nos équipes vers la frontière turque pour quitter la Syrie lorsque deux véhicules les ont bloqués" External link

lorientlejour Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:48:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explique : "Ils ont ensuite libéré nos deux employés, ont dit qu'ils voulaient seulement questionner Shiraaz et qu'ils le libèreraient dans deux jours" External link

lorientlejour Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:48:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "They then released the two and returned the cellphone. When our two asked who they were, they said they represent all groups inside Syria. When our two asked where they were now, they gave the name of the area and precise location (I can't mention it for now). Our [guys] said don't harm Shiraaz because he is a guest. “They said they only want to question him and will return him in two days to the Gift of the Givers Ar Rahma Hospital. They want to clear a misunderstanding. What misunderstanding we don't know‚" External link

iol Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:13:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman expliqué : "Shiraaz Mohamed était en chemin avec deux personnes de nos équipes vers la frontière turque pour quitter la Syrie lorsque deux véhicules les ont bloqués" External link

afp-fr Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:10:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explique : "Ils ont ensuite libéré nos deux employés, ont dit qu'ils voulaient seulement questionner Shiraaz et qu'ils le libèreraient dans deux jours" External link

afp-fr Saturday, January 14, 2017 3:10:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "Our driver hooted at them to move out of the way. A few men with guns got off‚ were very calm and came to the car. They opened the doors‚ put a gun to the head of our two people and looked at Shiraaz. Our people told them not to take Shiraaz as it could harm support for the hospital. They replied that they think that there is some misunderstanding and that they need to question him and will return him in two days‚" External link

thetimes-za Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:43:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about Northern Syria ) : “We request special assistance for the millions trapped in Syria, and thank all those countries that have welcomed these desperate people to their lands,” External link

iol Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:32:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We have set up refugee camps, provided tents, blankets, clothes, baby milk powder and food parcels, built a warehouse to stock emergency supplies, have added a mortuary to the hospital, built a feeding centre from where cooked meals are provided daily, and have a cooler room receiving sacrificial meat” External link

iol Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:32:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : “We pray that by this Christmas we succeed in securing an unconditional release as we have run out of options,” External link

coastweek Saturday, November 26, 2016 4:21:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "We pray that by this Christmas we succeed in securing an unconditional release as we have run out of options," External link

iol Thursday, November 24, 2016 10:27:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "We pray that by this Christmas we succeed in securing an unconditional release as we have run out of options," External link

xinhuanet_en Thursday, November 24, 2016 6:05:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman recalled : “The moment he walked in there they said: You know who we are, we are al-Qaeda, what you want?’ Just like that, it was the introduction,” External link

iol Sunday, November 20, 2016 10:41:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman told : “If you are not king in your own country, you are not going to be king in the rest of the world,” External link

iol Sunday, November 20, 2016 10:41:00 AM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said ( about North ) : “He will meet intermediaries in both countries. Between now and September 12, as a gesture of goodwill, and in keeping with the Islamic principle of sacrifice related to the festival of Eid which follows the hajj (pilgrimage), he will purchase cattle in multiple villages in Niger and North Mali. The cattle will all be sacrificed on September 12,” External link

iol Wednesday, September 7, 2016 9:13:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman explained : "Items are purchased in Turkey then delivered across the border into Syria. My teams then take over and deliver at the 'safest' possible time through the 'safest' possible route," External link

allafrica Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:54:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "It was a drone attack that struck 100m away from the hospital. Fortunately there was no damage and no injuries" External link

thetimes-za Monday, August 1, 2016 9:12:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "We are under no illusion that further attacks are going to follow on both our hospitals. The medical teams serve with absolute dedication and commitment knowing full well that they are at extremely high risk. Many of the medical personnel have come from other medical facilities that were totally bombed and now are serving at our hospitals‚" External link

thetimes-za Monday, August 1, 2016 9:12:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "It was a drone attack that struck 100m away from the hospital. Fortunately there was no damage and no injuries" External link

thetimes-za Monday, August 1, 2016 9:03:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "We are under no illusion that further attacks are going to follow on both our hospitals. The medical teams serve with absolute dedication and commitment knowing full well that they are at extremely high risk. Many of the medical personnel have come from other medical facilities that were totally bombed and now are serving at our hospitals‚" External link

thetimes-za Monday, August 1, 2016 9:03:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "Immediately, there were 22 fatalities, mostly women and children," External link

enca Friday, July 8, 2016 9:15:00 PM EAT

Imtiaz Sooliman said : "We immediately sent teams across using our four ambulances; 22 people died on site‚ including women and children. Fifty were rushed to hospital. We treated some of the people‚ but others were sent to Turkey‚" External link

thetimes-za Friday, July 8, 2016 6:23:00 PM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
chief executive36.36%EN01/16/201716/01/2017
executive36.36%EN01/16/201716/01/2017
chairman9.09%EN08/16/201116/08/2011
leader9.09%EN03/18/201118/03/2011
spokesperson9.09%EN07/27/200527/07/2005
Names Lang Count
Imtiaz SoolimanEN88.89%
Imtiaz SoolimanFR11.11%


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