Father Francis Van Der Lugt

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.

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