Help release the kidnapped Archbishops of Syria
On April 22, 2013, both the Greek and Syriac Orthodox archbishops of Aleppo, Boulos Yazigi and Gregorios Yohanna Ibrahim (US citizen), were kidnapped in Syria near the Turkish border. Their driver, Deacon Fatha' Allah Kabboud, was killed.
Today, 4 years later, the bishops remain missing – though for some time it has been rumored that only one of them is still alive. The bishops were abducted on their way back from the Turkish border, where they were negotiating the release of two priests, Fathers Michael Kayyal and Maher Mahfouz, who had themselves been kidnapped in February 2013.
We have been quietly inquiring behind the scenes for 4 years now. We will not be silent any more. As per the Freedom of Information Act and the fact that one of these men is a US citizen, we are now demanding from the United States government in particular as well as the international community in general, to provide us with answers as to the whereabouts of these two servants of the Lord and the Church, in the name of humanity and decency. We urge the United States government to place whatever pressure need be applied on all its allies to obtain results in this matter particularly Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Israel and Syria.
If these two clergymen are deceased, release their bodies so that they may receive a proper and dignified burial. If by any miracle of GOD, any one of them is still alive, we urge the US President, the Senate and the members of Congress and their allies to put their efforts together with other countries in the region and help bring them home. Please help us bring our brothers home.
Your immediate action is highly appreciated.
President of the United States
United Nations Security Council
Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General of the United Nations)
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Department of State
Council of the European Union