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Published on Mar 27, 2016
Father / pater Frans van der Lugt was a Jesuit priest, who was born and raised in the Netherlands and who lived and worked in Syria for several decades. He was killed / murdered there on April 7, 2014, in the city of Homs, aged 75. In his life he established a community centre and farm near the city of Homs, Syria, where he worked for the betterment of people with disabilities and for harmony among Christian and Muslim people. Mid 2011 he left the estate because of the Syrian civil war and he established himself in the Jesuit monastery in the Christian district Bustan al-Diwan in Homs. In January 2014 he asked for help for the people of Homs in a video message on YouTube (in Arabic). Despite several warnings Van der Lugt refused to leave Homs. In the video I posted here, he explains why.