16 killed, including 4 Catholic Nuns, in Yemen

YemenNunsWhile the country focuses on the size of Presidential candidates’ hands and other body parts, the news coming out of Yemen is simply horrific:

Gunmen in southern Yemen on Friday stormed a retirement home run by a charity established by Mother Teresa, killing 16 people, including four Catholic nuns, officials and witnesses said.

The killing spree began with two gunmen who first surrounded the home for the elderly in Aden. Meanwhile, four others entered the building on the pretext they wanted to visit their mothers at the facility, according to the charity, Yemeni security officials and witnesses. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The gunmen then moved from room to room, handcuffing the victims before shooting them in the head. A nun who survived and was rescued by locals said that she hid inside a fridge in a storeroom after hearing a Yemeni guard shouting, “Run, run.”

Khaled Haidar told The Associated Press that he counted 16 bodies, including that of his brother, Radwan. All had been shot in the head and were handcuffed. He said that in addition to the four nuns, one Yemeni cook, and Yemeni guards were among those killed.

Sunita Kumar, a spokeswoman for the Missionaries of Charity in the Indian city of Kolkata, said the members of the charity were “absolutely stunned” at the killing.

“The Sisters were to come back but they opted to stay on to serve people” in Yemen, she added.

She also said that two of the killed nuns were from Rwanda and the other two were from India and Kenya.

There were around 80 residents living at the home, which is run by Missionaries of Charity, an organization established by Mother Teresa. Missionaries of Charity nuns also came under attack in Yemen in 1998, when gunmen killed three nuns in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida.

This should underscore the need for competent, capable and compelling leaders, those capable of dealing with this threat that just won’t go away.

None currently seem destined to become President of the United States.

Dear God, be with your beloved martyrs and grant them eternal rest.

Dear God, raise up leaders we need, not leaders we apparently want.

Amen.

Originally posted at Brutally Honest.

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  • Commander_Chico

    Looks like Al Qaeda, who are getting support from “our friends” Saudi Arabia.

  • Paul Hooson

    Simply outrageous. Clergy members should be treated with the highest of respect, regardless of their faith.

    When my father was in the Korean War in 1950 and there was so much death and destruction all around and American forces lost 95% of the territory to the Communist invaders pushed the Americans down to the Pusan port city. My father used to love to pray in Buddhist Temples because it was a place of peace near God.

  • Nuns and the elderly… I don’t believe the killers could be more despicably depraved…

    • Commander_Chico

      You remember that the Contras supported by the Reagan administration killed a bunch of nuns.

      • Brucehenry
        • Paul Hooson

          Archbishop Oscar Romero was a famous martyr of that war and his brutal murder was terrible act of bad publicity for the “Death Squads”.

      • Paul Hooson

        It was a depraved foreign policy where the CIA assisted drug trafficking through secret airbases to fund a flow of guns to the antiDaniel Ortega contra forces. This Reagan drugs for guns war had little impact on the downfall of the Ortega government. Ortega was such a poor economic manager that the real Communist Party of Nicaragua joined a coalition with democratic parties of the left and right to vote Ortega out of office as bad for the country.

        I know of an American soldier who was aligned with Oliver North who helped to load cocaine on aircraft on CIA funded secret airstrips to help fund the Contras. While Reagan and his wife Nancy supposedly publicly opposed drugs in this country, they supported this illegal covert foreign policy to traffic in cocaine to help fund their covert antiMarxist war in Nicaragua, figuring that the Marxist ideology was the greater evil than drug addiction. It was a morally bankrupt foreign policy that should have brought down Reagan, who only seemed made of teflon, able to deflect blame to the late CIA Director Casey who recently died or to allow Oliver North to fall on a sword by himself.

        This illegal foreign policy makes Hillary Clinton’s Email nonsense of possible mishandling of some classified material look like dimestore stuff by comparison…

  • I don’t know how any American President could prevent such an atrocity from taking place in Yemen. Nevertheless, I hope that someone takes out those murderous bastards.

    • Commander_Chico

      The American president assisted those who did it.

    • Paul Hooson

      Support of terrorism is indeed a very poor weapon. How both the Super Powers as well murderous groups such as al Qaeda,ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah see this as a viable weapon is beyond me because of all the innocent civilians caught up in deadly crosshairs of death to promote political means.