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French teacher released from ICE detainment tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 2:21 PM, Jan 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-08 15:27:54-05

A 50-year-old French teacher who was released from an Evangeline Parish correctional facility Thursday after being detained because of an expired visa, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to The Advocate.

Djibril Coulibaly was released after being arrested by ICE on Dec. 15. People in several parishes worked to stop the deportation of a Coulibaly who arrived in the state 19 years ago. He's from Mali, an African country situated southwest of Algeria.

He and his wife lived in Opelousas, where their three children were born. A few years ago, they moved to Thibodaux, where he taught in Lafourche Parish schools. He disappeared last month, and Thibodaux Police were the ones who learned he had been arrested by ICE agents from Mississippi and was being held in Pine Prairie, awaiting deportation. Our media partners at The Advocate/Times Picayune have posted a detailed story about his situation, and you can read it here. Also, his friends have set up a petition to try to help; you can find it here. There's a GoFundMe to help set up as well, it is here.

Coulibaly was taken for evaluation shortly after his release from the correctional center on Thursday. He said a positive result didn't surprise him because four out of 43 men had tested positive in his dorm during his stay in Pine Prairie.

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