Afghanistan

Father Alexis Prem Kumar SJ has thanked God and the Indian Prime Minister for his release. He is expecting to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today after arriving back in Delhi yesterday.Indian Jesuit Fr Prem Kumar was abducted by the Taliban from Herat in Afghanistan on 2 June 2014. Indian officials said they would not be sharing details of the efforts that led to his release. However, as he emerged at Delhi airport, he told the waiting press: “God has saved me, I thank him first. It is...
The International Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) says they are grateful for the outpouring of prayerful support that they have received since the abduction a month ago of their Afghanistan Director, Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ. Fr Peter Balleis SJ says the past month has been a painful time for Prem's family, his Jesuit confreres across the world, and for all in JRS. “Although we still have not heard from him or his captors, we live in hope,” he says. “All the...
The Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Afghanistan has been abducted, JRS International has confirmed. Fr Alexis Prem Kumar SJ was taken by a group of unidentified men in the western part of the country on Monday afternoon, 2 June 2014.Fr Peter Balleis SJ, the Director of JRS International, says they are deeply shocked by Fr Prem’s abduction. “We are in contact with all the relevant authorities and doing everything possible to ensure his safe and speedy return,” he says...