The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been unable to confirm the number of its members abducted in Syria, as well as where they are being held.
“We’re waiting for news,” Helene Afriat, communications officer for the International Confederation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, told Catholic News Service on Friday. She added that communication with people in the Mideast was “very difficult.”
She also said the society has not been able to verify or confirm reports that those kidnapped were being threatened with decapitation and their children were being held in cages.
The society announced on its website March 4 that “several colleagues,” along with “women and children,” were kidnapped in the province of Hassakeh in northeastern Syria.
The website announcement called for prayers and said, “At the moment we have no details, also the greatest caution is required on sharing this dramatic information.”