Father Frans Van Der Lugt, 75, Jesuit priest and psychotherapist. He was born in Holland but lived in Syria since the 1960s. Despite the siege, Father Frans refused to leave his beloved Homs, choosing to remain there in solidarity with other residents. In Jan 2014 he spoke out against the siege imposed by the Assad regime and appealed for humanitarian access to ease the suffering of the people. On 7 April 2014, Father Frans was assassinated by a gunman who entered his monastery.
Father Fran: “I don’t see Muslims or Christians, I see, above all, human beings,” he said, who “hunger to lead a normal life.” How can I leave? This is impossible.
Published on Jan 29, 2014
Patriarch Francis talks on behalf of Christians and Muslims about the bad situation and the deteriorating life in the neighborhoods of besieged Homs by the militia of Bashar Al-Assad. People in the old city of Homs suffer from sever hunger and deterioration of medical treatment. They appeal to the international community to break the siege imposed on the besieged neighborhood.