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Staying the course

"Staying the course" Continued...

Issue: "2013 Daniel of the Year," Dec. 14, 2013

Kidnapped

fadihaddad_1.jpgOct. 25, 2012: Greek Orthodox priest Fadi Haddad, 43, was found dead in Damascus after he was kidnapped while trying to negotiate the release of a parishioner in Qatana. A bomb exploded at his funeral, killing two civilians and some Syrian soldiers. 

Feb. 9, 2013: Armenian Catholic priest Michel Kayyal, 27, and Greek Orthodox priest Maher Mahfouz were kidnapped when rebel gunmen stopped their bus from Aleppo to Damascus. No word on their status. 

syriasb.jpgApril 22, 2013: Armed men on the road between Aleppo and the Turkish border kidnapped Syriac Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo Yohanna Ibrahim (left), 65, and the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo Boulos Yazigi (right), 58, as they returned from negotiations to release Kayyal and Mahfouz. The gunmen, reportedly Chechens affiliated with rebels in Syria, murdered the driver. Negotiations by UN-Arab League Syria envoy  Lakhdar Brahimi for their release have continued, with last word of their well-being coming in a six-minute phone call with alleged captors in late October.

dalloglio_1.jpgJuly 28, 2013: Paolo Dall’Oglio, 58, an Italian Jesuit priest who worked for over 30 years in Syria, disappeared in Raqqa while attempting to negotiate peace between Kurdish and Islamist groups fighting the Assad government. Initial reports claimed he had been executed, but in October he was reported alive and seen in an area controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Photos: (Haddad) handout, (Ibrahim and Yazigi) Sana, (Dall’Oglio) Vincent Wartner/20 Minutes/SIPA/Newscom

Mindy Belz
Mindy Belz

Mindy travels to the far corners of the globe as the editor of WORLD and lives with her family in the mountains of western North Carolina. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

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