Indian Christian urge their government to secure release of an Christian priest who has been held hostage by extremists in Yemen. Indian priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil, was kidnapped last year. Christians complain that despite repeated calls for is release, nothing has been done for is rescue.
Radicals launched an attack at a rest home for the sick and the elderly of the Missionaries of Charity in Aden. Lancy Da Cunha, President of All India Catholic Union in a letter to the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi it was stated: “We ask for your personal intervention and assistance to ensure that he will return home as soon as possible and in complete safety. We hope and pray that you will support us.”
India’s Christian community expressed their concerns about his abduction and demanded that the government must take steps in order to procure his release or at least get a hint of his whereabouts. Last year, fake news of Father Uzhunnalil being crucified by the Islamic State, which later turned out to be a fake report. Last year, in December, a video emerged showing Uzhunnalil pleading with the Indian government to save him from the abductors, as he revealed that he was in dire need of “urgent medical care.”
The All India Catholic Union, in its letter to the Indian Premier, it was further stated, “the surroundings are much more complex than other cases of kidnapping of Indians in Afghanistan.” Christians further expressed gratitude towards the government for helping in the rescue of other Christian leaders who had been kidnapped previously. Those rescued include Jesuit Father Alexis Premkumar, who was release after eight months of captivity in Afghanistan.
However, the letter said: “given the difficult situation in the region, we believe that the government of India, with its enormous capacity of influence and good relations in many Middle Eastern countries, is best placed to ensure effective intervention for the release of Fr. Tom from his captivity.”