Syrian Islamists entered the St. Tecla convent in Maalula, Syria in December and took twelve nuns hostage. Local sources said the terrorists broke into the convent and took Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf and twelve other nuns hostage.
This Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 file photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows the damaged entrance of Maaloula village, northeast of the capital Damascus, Syria. Febronia Nabhan, Mother Superior at Saidnaya Convent, said Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 that 12 nuns in the predominantly Christian village of Maaloula have been abducted by opposition fighters and taken to a rebel-held town. (AP Photo/SANA, File)
The kidnapped nuns were seen in a new video this week.
They were stripped of their crosses.
A new video of the twelve Christian nuns kidnapped in Syria recently appeared. In it, the nuns are taped sitting in a room and being questioned by an unseen man, presumably a member of the kidnappers. He asks them how they are, if they’ve been mistreated, etc.
They respond that they are being treated fine, that they very much look forward to being returned to their convent, that they heartily thank the world for its concern, and that they continually pray that God grant peace to all nations.
Their words say one thing, their expressions and demeanor another. Put differently, as female captives of Islamic jihadis, what else could they say but what they were told to say? Even if one of them dared to say the “wrong thing,” it naturally would have been edited out. Who knows how many takes it took to get the video—which includes a bizarre clip of the nuns having a snowball fight with their abductors—just right?