This Friday marks six years since the murder in Yemen of four missionaries of charity at the hands of terrorists from the Islamic State (ISIS), who attacked the shelter for the elderly and disabled that the nuns managed in the city of Aden.
#4March: this is the sixth anniversary of the brutal death in #Yemen, by the hands of jihadisti, of four Missionarie della Carità, martyred in indifference. ACS le ricorda nella preghiera! pic.twitter.com/SmDG3OQ5sh
– ACS-Italy (@acs_italia) March 4, 2022
The attack took place on March 4, 2016, in which, in addition to the four nuns, twelve more people died, including the elderly and security personnel. In addition, the Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil was kidnapped for 18 months.
The pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need in Italy remembered the nuns with a tweet in which they assured their prayer for them.
The murdered nuns were Sister Anselm, from Ranchi (India), who would have turned 60 on May 8, 2016; Sister Judith, who was from Kenya, was born on February 2, 1975 and was 41 years old; Sister Margarita, originally from Rwanda, who was born on April 29, 1971 and was 44 years old; and Sister Reginette, who was born in 1983 in Rwanda and was the youngest, was 32 years old.
The only surviving nun was Sister Sally. Together they cared for about 60 poor elderly patients.
Bishop Paul Hinder, Apostolic Vicar of South Arabia, stated in 2016, shortly after the attack that “there is no doubt that the sisters have been victims of hatred against our faith” and died as martyrs.