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Yemen Sees Second Anniversary Of Kidnapping Christians

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SANAA, YEMEN (Worthy News)-- Sunday, June 12, marked the second anniversary of the kidnappings of nine Christian foreigners in Yemen by suspected Muslim militants, but German and British investigators "were understood" to have ended "their active search" for those still missing, advocacy group Middle East Concern (MEC) said.

Yet MEC, which works in the region, added that despite the withdrawal of Western investigators "a few of those close to this situation remain hopeful before God that those still missing are alive and will be released one day."

Christian aid worker Johannes Hentschel, his wife Sabine and their young children Lydia, Anna, Simon, and married British engineer Anthony Saunders were among nine foreigners abducted in 2008 during an outing in the north-western Yemeni province of Saada.

Last year Anna Hentschel, 3, and Lydia Hentschel, 5, were rescued in an operation involving security forces from neighboring Saudi Arabia in the province's Shada district, officials said at the time.

However the bodies of three other abducted Christians, German Bible students Rita Stumpp, 26, Anita Gruenwald, 24, and South Korean teacher, Eom Young Sun, 33, were found murdered.


There has been no news about the whereabouts of the rescued girls' parents, their small brother Simon and the British engineer, Christians familiar with the case and investigators said.

Some Yemeni officials attributed the kidnappings and murders to forces linked to the al-Qaida terror group and rebels. The adult Christians were working at the Protestant-run Al Jumhuri hospital in Saada, Yemen.

Since the mid 1990s at least 200 foreigners are known to have been kidnapped in Yemen. In most cases, they were set free after ransom payments, but observers have suggested that the Christians have been held for religious reasons.

MEC told Worthy News that against all odds, its contacts "are hopeful that current events in Yemen, whilst disturbing in themselves, may lead to information about the missing four becoming available."


Yemen is currently engulfed in mass protests calling for autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster which activists hope will lead to more openness and freedom.

MEC said that amid the turmoil, Yemeni Christians have been praying that "The missing four [Christians], assuming they are alive, will know the peace, presence and daily provision of Jesus and will be released unharmed shortly."

They also urged fellow believers around the world to pray for "All expatriate Christians working in Yemen" that they "will know the Lord's guiding and protection," MEC added.

The kidnappings have reportedly added to concerns among foreign Christian aid workers about their safety in the country of roughly 23 million people, although mission work continues. (With reporting by Worthy News' Stefan J. Bos).

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  1. Note that I am a Yemeni and I live in a society that all Muslim conservative and I am a young Yemeni read and still Read about Christ and religious peace be upon him and come to the conclusion give priority to what holds most of the world's population of the globe, but for several reasons, community, family and laws that govern in the country, among them first family: the family living in the bias is clear and strong and the intransigence towards their Muslim religion and for whom religion is a red line (irrefutable) and when I got convinced, including Carry from thought and doctrine feared I share by the A and the exercise of anything because I am afraid to kill me and Am I sure the credibility of what I carry of thought and belief and that The family is the product of thought and culture a legacy for Attenbra informed or aware of the fact that the Lord was visible (Christ) the Lord is not visible
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    Third: The law (Government): Everyone knows that Islam is the source of power in Yemen do not accept coexistence with other religions and the evidence for that is the absence of Yemeni convert non-Islam, because undoubtedly dead and this is the biggest obstacle in order to live in my country, Yemen, and clenching or practice what I thought of the instructions Christ as known in Egypt, Palestine and Lebanon
    Yemeni law is clear and explicit and kill each of the states fall back on Islam and described them as, after three days and I do not have any freedom to practice what I am convinced it but Ergmoni on the exercise of their religion, so I decided to go out or emigrate to any country, whatever the circumstances
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