Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi, the Syrian archbishops kidnapped last month, are being held in a village near Aleppo and are in good health, according to Ibrahim’s nephew Jamil Diarbakerli. The archbishops’ driver Fathallah Kaboud was later killed, while Diarbakerli identified Fuad Eliya as the final victim of the hijacking. . . . Read More
Philemon Semere, an Eritrean refugee, tells the BBC’s Mike Thomson about the terrible suffering he experienced, which included electric shocks, beating, burns and death threats, after being kidnapped in Sudan. “God brought me out of the deepest darkness and only he knows what lies ahead for me now,” Semere said.
That’s how Mgr. Jeanclement Jeanbart, the Greek-Melkite Archbishop of Aleppo, describes to Asia News the absence of any information about the current fate of Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi, respective heads of the Syriac and Greek Orthodox Churches in Aleppo. They were kidnapped on April, and little information has emerged . . . Read More
Kidnapped archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim is reported to be without access to prescribed medication vital for his health. The Syrian Orthodox archbishop for Aleppo, who was kidnapped alongside his Greek Orthodox counterpart Boulos Yazigi, takes regular medication for high blood pressure and diabetes. A spokesperson from the Greek Orthodox Church in . . . Read More
The nephew of Yohanna Ibrahim, one of the two archbishops kidnapped in Syria on Monday, said he hopes Syrian Christians will not use the incident as an incentive to flee the country. Jamil Diarbakerli, who represents the Assyrian Democratic Organisation (which petitions for the rights of the Assyrian minority) said . . . Read More
Confusion surrounds the whereabouts of two Orthodox archbishops kidnapped on Monday and reportedly released on Tuesday. The latest reports claim the archbishops have not been released, while it remains unclear who abducted them. The archbishops’ driver, identified as a deacon, was killed, while a fourth passenger escaped. Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos . . . Read More
Police have refused to arrest Muslims accused of causing the miscarriage of twin girls by beating their mother, even though a judge cancelled the suspects’ interim bails, according to the woman’s husband. Officers in Punjab Province’s Narowal district are biased in siding with Muslims accused of causing the miscarriage and . . . Read More
Authorities do not know who abducted two Christian hospital employees in Karachi last week, but police sources said they suspected the kidnappers had links with banned terrorist organisations. There is a strong possibility that Islamic extremists took the two workers of South Korea-based Good Samaritan Hospital, Issac Samson and Indrias . . . Read More