Abducted Christian Children in Yemen Released
Wolfgang Polzer, special to ASSIST News Service ANS, May 19, 2010

The fate of the parents is uncertain.

(Riyadh)—Two children of a kidnapped German Christian family are free. The family had been abducted in North Yemen by Shiite rebels eleven months ago. (Map: CIA World Factbook, 2007)

German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle confirmed press reports Saudi Arabian security forces had managed to release the two children. Family members in East Germany told the evangelical news agency, Idea, that the two daughters; Lydia (six-years-old) and Anna (four) are free.

The fate of their parents Johannes and Sabine Hentschel (both 38) is uncertain.

Their youngest son Simon is believed to be dead (but this information is not confirmed).

The family and a British engineer were kidnapped during an outing near Saada in North Yemen. They were with two German bible school students and a South Korean teacher, who were found murdered on June 12, 2009. The nine Christians had been working at the Al Jumhuri hospital in Saada.

Yemen is one of the strictest Islamic countries. 99 percent of the 21 million inhabitants are Muslims. Small groups of Christians gather in secret.

Source: ASSIST News