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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Massacre at Missionaries of Charity Home for the Elderly in Yemen
This attack happened more than a year ago and somehow I did not report on it.
Was it reported on MSM? I don't know.
But I report it now because it speaks to a number of problems like
militant Islam's lust for Christian blood, and confusion about
who are the good guys, if there are any good guys, in Yemen,
and there's an incredible prayer by the dying nuns.
Missionaries of Charity attack in Aden
The Missionaries of Charity attack in Aden was a mass murder crime committed by ISIS gunmen inside a home for older people in Aden, Yemen on 4 March 2016
16 people were killed including four Catholic nuns. An Indian priest, Tom Ozhonaniel, was kidnapped. The identities of the attackers are unknown. Media outlets published a statement attributed to Ansar al-Sharia, one of the active jihadist organizations in the country, denies any relation to the incident.
The Times of India posited the attackers belonged to the Yemen-based affiliate of the Islamic State (ISIS) group.
Christian presence in Yemen goes back to the fourth century AD to hold a number of Himyarites believers due to the efforts of Theophilos the Indian. Currently, there are no official statistics on their numbers, but estimated at between 3,000 and 25,000 people, and most of them are refugees or temporary residents.
Freedom of worship, conversion from Islam and establishing facilities dedicated for worship are not recognized in the Constitution or as laws or legal rights. At the same time, Wahabbi activities linked to Al-Islah were being facilitated, financed and encouraged from multiple fronts including the Ministry of Endowments and Guidance, which says that its tasks "to contribute to the development of Islamic awareness and circulation of the publication Education and Islamic morals and consolidation in the life of public and private citizens."
Mother Theresa Charity
The Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, have worked in Aden since 1992, and the order has three other centers in Sana'a, Taiz and Hodeidah. Three Catholic nuns were killed in Hodeidah in 1998, two from India and the third from the Philippines, at the hands of a member of Al-Islah Abdullah al-Nashiri, arguing that they were calling for conversion to Christianity. In 2002, three Americans were killed in Baptists Hospital at the hands of another Al-Islah member named Abed Abdul Razak Kamel. Survivors say that the hospital was "a political football" often raised by Islamists (Al-Islah), who talked about it in mosques and hospital workers describing Hospital workers as "spies". But they emphasized that these opinions are a minority among Yemenis.
In December 2015, a Catholic church in Aden was destroyed. Since the escalation of the Yemeni crisis in March 2015, six priests from John Bosco remained, and twenty workers of charitable missions in the country, described by Pope Francis by the courage to fortitude amid war and conflict. He called the Apostolic Vicar of Southern Arabia to pray for all the oppressed and tortured, expelled from their homes, and killed unjustly. The Missionaries of Charity were not active in the field of evangelization according to the testimonies of beneficiaries of its services.
The attack on the house took place in 12 PM, when two armed men claimed they were going to visit their elderly mother aimed at persuading the guards to open the main gate. Once they entered, they began to shoot randomly, according to Indian officials at the Foreign Ministry.
Inside the building, nuns were preparing breakfast. Four of the five nuns sensed danger and tried to hide in a convent, where they were shot dead in an open area. All the rooms were stormed and the meeting tent was destroyed, as well as statues and crucifixes in the small church. In one picture, two nuns are shown laying on the ground in a dirt yard, after being shot execution style and at close range. The attackers, dressed in uniform, "semi-blue". According to the Catholic News Agency, the last prayer said by the nuns before they were killed says:
“Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to ask for reward.”
Sunita Kumar, a spokesman for the charity's mission, described the killers as "demented", adding "there is no other explanation as to why armed people would enter the premises of the home and shoot down innocent, harmless nurses who had dedicated their lives to serving others". Bishop Michael Lewis of the Anglican Church said the compound contained seventy or eighty elderly people, many destitute. The Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin commented that Pope Francis prays that this pointless slaughter will awaken consciences, lead to a change of heart and inspire all parties to lay down their arms and take up the path of dialogue.
Pope Francis described the crime as "satanic", stating that the nuns were "martyrs of today", adding that they were killed by the attackers and "globalization of indifference," as he said. His statement was published, including the following quote:
“In the name of God, he calls upon all parties in the present conflict to renounce violence, and to renew their commitment to the people of Yemen, particularly those most in need, whom the Sisters and their helpers sought to serve.”
The Missionaries of Charity announced it would continue its work in Yemen despite the local conditions.
As Pope Francis said, this was Satanic, not a consequence of demented individuals. Militant Islam is Satanic and radicalization is the opposite to Christian conversion.