An Indian Catholic priest abducted from Yemen this year appealed to Pope Francis and the Union government through a purported video to secure his release from his captors.“If I were a European priest, I would have been taken more seriously. I am from India. I am perhaps not considered as of much value,“ said priest Father Tom Uzhunnalil in a weak voice in the video, aired by news channels in Kerala. “Dear Pope Francis, dear Holy Father, as a father please take care of my life. I am very much depressed. My health is deteriorating,“ he said in the video, a day after Christmas.
Father Uzhunnalil, who looked very weak, appeared to be reading out from a text placed before him.
The veracity of the video, which was uploaded from You tube and Facebook, could neither be independently verified nor was the period when it was shot known.
Father Uzhunnalil, who hails from Kerala, was abducted in March by terror group Daesh, which attacked an old-age home run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in southern Yemeni city of Aden.
He claimed his captors have made many contacts with the Indian gov ernment the president and the prime minister. “I am very sad that nothing has been done seriously in my regard,“ he said.
Father Uzhunnalil said a news reporter abducted in the Middle East was released as she was from France. The Centre says efforts are being made to secure Uzhunnalil’s release, but such attempts take time.