Two Years Ago, Two Christian Bishops Were Kidnapped. Has a ‘Silent’ World Forgotten Them?
ICC Note: It has been over two years since two leading church figures were abducted in Syria. While many church leaders have had a ransom demand and others have been killed, for these two Bishops there has been no demand. No one has claimed responsibility for their abduction, and there has been no evidence to confirm whether they are alive or dead.
04/26/2015 Syria (The Blaze) It’s been two years since two top Christian clergymen were kidnapped by gunmen in Syria, prompting the brother of one of the victims – himself a senior cleric – to raise alarm that “the world is silent.”
“We hope that the bishops are alive, but unfortunately the world is silent and nobody has provided physical evidence,” Orthodox Patriarch John X of Antioch said last week on the anniversary of their disappearance, the Catholic Herald reported.
The two religious leaders, Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulos Yazigi, were kidnapped by gunmen in April 2013 when they were on their way back from the Turkish border to their city of Aleppo.
Raising concerns about their fate, no group has claimed responsibility for their abduction.
“We tried to negotiate with those who can help in this matter, but unfortunately there was total silence,” said John, the brother of the Greek Orthodox Archbishop Boulous.