Father Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian priest who was kidnapped in Yemen early in March, pleads for help in a video that was posted on the internet on December 26.
The authenticity of the video had not been confirmed. However,
friends and relatives say that the man who appears on the 5-minute
video—appearing very frail—is Father Uzhunnalil.
“I am very depressed. My health is deteriorating,” says Father
Uzhunnalil in the video.
He complains that little has been done to
secure his release, although his captors have contacted the government
In March, soon after his capture, Indian government officials
had assured Church leaders that they were working to secure his release
from his captors, believed to be affiliates of the Islamic State.