Washington D.C., May 1, 2013 / 11:36 am
No news has emerged of the two kidnapped Orthodox bishops in Syria, more than a week since their disappearance, and reports have now surfaced that one is in grave need of medications for his health conditions.
"We still do not know where the two archbishops are or who has taken them," a spokesman for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Aleppo told Aid to the Church in Need April 29.
Concerns are escalating because one of the men – Archbishop John Ibrahim – requires medicine for high blood pressure and diabetes, the spokesman explained, and "it is a life-threatening problem if he does not receive his medicine."
Archbishop Ibrahim of the Syriac Orthodox Church and Archbishop Paul Yagizi of the Greek Orthodox Church were kidnapped April 22 near Aleppo by armed men who apparently killed their driver, Deacon Fatha' Allah Kabboud.