New Delhi: More than 4,000 Jesuits in South Asia have been praying for the release of a confrere who was abducted in Afghanistan nearly two weeks ago.
“There is growing frustration as there has been no progress in the case,” Father Joy Karayampura, spokesperson for the South Asian Assistancy of the Society of Jesus told Matters India Friday.
Jesuit Father Alexius Prem Kumar was abducted by suspected Islamic militants Taliban from Sohadat village, 25 km from Herat province of Afghanistan, on March 2. The 47-year-old priest, a member of the Madurai Jesuit province, is the country head of the Jesuit Relief Service (JRS), an international NGO.
A group of tribals joined NGO workers in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, to pray for the release of a Jesuit priest who was abducted in Afghanistan.
Fr Alexis Prem Kumar, who is suspected to be in Taliban custody, had earlier worked in Kodaikanal to spread education among tribal people, reported mattersindia.com . Unidentified gunmen took him into custody when he had gone to visit a school in Herat region of Afghanistan.
Volunteers at the mass prayer fondly remembered the 47-year-old priest’s dedication and commitment for the advancement of poor tribal people. The prayer was held at the unorganized sector workers’ union office in the hill station on Wednesday.
Fr Alexis Prem Kumar, a 47 year-old Jesuit priest from Tamil Nadu, Southern India, was abducted by armed men in Sohadat village, outside Herat, when he was on a visit to a school for Afghan returnee children managed by the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS). – Matters India June 3, 2014 Newsletter photo, published with permission. http://mattersindia.com/