Update: Day of prayer and fasting called for kidnapped foreigners in Yemen
November 12, 2009
(christiansunite.com) - Four months after their abduction, there continues to be no reliable news on the condition of the remaining six expatriate Christians kidnapped in mid-June by unknown assailants in Yemen.
On June 12, nine foreign Christians were abducted -- four German adults, three small German children, a British man and a South Korean woman -- after they ventured outside the city of Sa'ada. All of them worked at a hospital in the city.
Shortly afterwards, Rita Stumpp (26) and Anita Gruenwald (24), German nurses in training, and Eom Young-sun (33) of South Korea were killed and their bodies found by local shepherds. Still missing are German doctor Johannes (36), his wife Sabine (36), their three children Lydia (4), Anna (3) and Simon (1) and British engineer Anthony S. Their whereabouts and condition remain unknown. Anthony is married but his wife did not accompany him on this trip.
As Middle East Concern (MEC) has noted, the work of the hospital where they worked has been severely reduced as a result, affecting the city and the wider area. No one has claimed responsibility for the abductions and killings, which MEC notes is "unusual within Yemeni culture, and heightens the concern and anxiety."
The search for the missing has been greatly hindered by the intense fighting between the government forces and the Houthi armed group in Sa'ada province, which has flared up again since June.
According to MEC, Christians in Yemen have backed calls for a day of prayer and fasting on Saturday, October 31. For specific prayer requests, go to www.tinyurl.com/yfupy9j. Please plan to be involved if you can and encourage others to do so as well. Show your solidarity for the missing, their families and colleagues by posting a prayer on our Persecuted Church Prayer Wall at www.persecution.net/prayerwall.