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The Harmony Foundation will give Father Tom Uzhunnalil, the Indian priest held captive in Yemen, the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice in recognition of his work in Yemen. Father Tom recently returned to India after 18-months in captivity and met with Prime Minister Modi. While Father Tom is being recognized for his work in Yemen, it is hoped that his return will spark recognition at the mistreatment of Christians throughout India.    

10/04/2017 India (UCA News) – An Indian Catholic priest, who arrived home last week after being freed from 18 months of captivity in Yemen, has been named as this year’s recipient of the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice.

Salesian Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, will receive the award from the Harmony Foundation, a Mumbai-based group.

Abraham Mathai, founder of the group, told on Oct. 2 that the priest had been chosen as his life exemplifies the theme of this year’s awards.

“Compassion Beyond Borders — a compassionate response to the refugee crisis,” is the theme this year, Mathai said.

Father Uzhunnalil was released on Sept. 28 after 18 months of captivity in Yemen, where a civil war between government forces and Houthi rebels has killed more than 8,500 people since 2015, according to the U.N.

Suspected Islamic terrorists kidnapped the priest in March 2016 during an attack on a home for the elderly operated by Missionaries of Charity nuns in Aden. The militants gunned down 16 people including four nuns. The priest served as chaplain at the home.

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