An Indian priest, Fr Tom Uzhunnalil, kidnapped after an attack on a care home in Yemen’s southern port city of Aden last year has appealed for help in a video recording carried by a Yemeni news website. He has made an emotional appeal to the Indian Government to step up efforts for his release in a video posted by a Yemeni news website.

The video, lasting less than two minutes, shows a frail-looking Uzhunnalil saying that his health is deteriorating and needs hospitalisation. In the video a small piece of cardboard placed on his lap shows the numerals “15-4-2017”, suggesting the video was shot on April 15. In the nearly 90 second video, Uzhunnalil, 58, complains that the response to his abductors’ demands from the Indian government and the Bishop of Abu Dhabi has been “very, very poor” and “not encouraging”. He does not name his abductors though officials have acknowledged in the past that he was kidnapped by the Islamic State.

Father Tom was abducted on March 4, 2016, by gunmen who stormed Aden Care Home in Yemen killing 16 people. He remains in custody of his captors in an unknown location. The priest from Kottayam district of Kerala is attached to the Bangalore diocese of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

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