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Fate of kidnapped Syrian bishops still unknown

As the one-year anniversary of the kidnapping of Bishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi in Aleppo approaches, questions persist regarding their fate and the identity of the kidnappers.
Nuns hold candles during a candle-lit vigil at the Balamand Monastery in Koura, near the north Lebanese city of Tripoli, to call for the release of bishops kidnapped in northern Syria two months ago, June 22, 2013. Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yazigi led the candle-lit vigil on Saturday for Greek Orthodox archbishop Paul Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim, appealing to their kidnappers to free them and urging Syrian security forces to do more to win their release. REUTERS/Omar Ibrahim (L
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April 22, 2014, falls two days after the “day of Resurrection” — that is, two days after the Easter holiday for the various Christian sects in Lebanon and Syria. However, another headline will be marking this day, namely the first anniversary of the kidnapping near Aleppo of Bishops Yohanna Ibrahim and Boulos Yazigi. April 22 will mark a tragic event. As the memory of this event lingers, the options on the fate of the two bishops are few.

Analyzing the available data on the kidnapping and comparing this to similar kidnappings inevitably raises the question of why there is no trace of the two kidnapped bishops. And why isn’t there any evidence that they are still alive? Why didn’t the kidnappers publicly claim responsibility for their operation or reveal their identity and issue their demands? Why didn’t they show a picture of them or allow us to hear their voices, to raise the bar of their demands in return for the two prominent kidnapped figures whom they captured a year ago?

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