Dutch Roman Catholic priest, Father Frans van der Lugt poses on February 2, 2014 at the monastery of the Jesuit Fathers where he lives in the besieged area of Homs in Syria. (AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABU HAMZA)
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There is little food or hope left in Syria's besieged Old City of Homs. But an elderly Dutch priest has remained there in solidarity with the Syrians he considers countrymen.Father Frans van der Lugt has spent nearly five decades in Syria, a country he loves so dearly that he considers it his own, although he was born in The Netherlands.Despite crushing hardship in Homs, where residents face a daily struggle to find food and the Christian population has dwindled to several dozen, the thought of leaving could not be further from his mind.Van der Lugt, a Jesuit, arrived in Syria in 1966 after spending two years in Lebanon studying Arabic.The Old City of Homs was at the center of discussions between the Syrian regime and opposition at peace talks in Geneva last week.Tens of thousands of Christians once lived in the area, but van der Lugt said just 66 remained.
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