Dear friends,


On June 2, 2014, the Jesuit Refugee Service's (JRS) Afghanistan Director, Alexis Premkumar "Prem" Antonysamy, S.J., was abducted by the Taliban during a visit to a JRS-supported school for refugees near the provincial capital city of Herat, Afghanistan. As Prem is an alumnus of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA 32) and a candidate for the Masters in International Humanitarian Action (MIHA), the news was met with particular sadness among our IIHA family and extended communities.  


Throughout the past eight months, little news emerged regarding Prem and his whereabouts, but the IIHA community remained hopeful. He was continuously remembered in our thoughts, prayers, posts, and messages. It is with great joy and relief that we now share with you news of Prem's release from captivity. This past Sunday, Prem returned home to India and was finally reunited with his family.


Despite knowing the security concerns surrounding his post in Afghanistan before he was taken, Prem remained a tireless advocate for the most vulnerable and faithfully accompanied those he worked for and alongside in service. We would now like to accompany Prem as he recovers in mind, body, and spirit through a letter writing campaign. We welcome your letters, pictures, messages, or even a brief word of encouragement for Prem.  


Please send all notes of support to iihaoutreach@fordham.edu by Friday, March 13th.


We thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers for one of our own.


In gratitude,


Brendan Cahill (IDHA 9)

Executive Director, IIHA

Fordham University 




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