Priest Worked for Refugee, Tribal Welfare

He then started working with Sri Lankan refugees and tribal people in Kodaikanal. “He always urged us to visit Kodaikanal to understand the plight of tribal people,” said his father Antony.

Published: 04th June 2014 07:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th June 2014 07:58 AM   |  A+A-

SIVAGANGA:  Catholic priest Alexis Prem Kumar, who was abducted in Afghanistan on Monday, was appointed as director of the Dindigul unit of Jesuit Refugee Service, an international Catholic organisation, after he completed his theological studies at the Theological Centre in Beski College, Dindigul.

He then started working with Sri Lankan refugees and tribal people in Kodaikanal. “He always urged us to visit Kodaikanal to understand the plight of tribal people,” said his father Antony.

Antony, who along with his family, organised a special prayer in their house for the safe return of his son, said, “Whenever he talked to me, he would enquire about my health. He visited us in February to attend the first death anniversary of his mother Mariya Thangam. He stayed with us for a month.”

Prem Kumar’s brother Manoharan said, “Officials from the Indian embassy in Afghanistan spoke to us today morning and assured us they would rescue my brother soon. We hope Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa would also urge the Central government on this.”

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