Two from Massachusetts held in Egypt
A day after the Rev. Michel Louis, 61 of Boston, and Lisa Alphonse, 39 of Everett, were kidnapped in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula Friday, Sister Irma Pasien Joseph stood in front of Louis’ predominantly Haitian congregation in Mattapan and led a simple prayer. “Just to release him,” she said. “That’s all.” Jirmy Abu-Masuh, a 31-year-old Egyptian Bedouin of the Tarbeen tribe, kidnapped Louis, Alphonse and their interpreter to try to coerce the Egyptian authorities into releasing his 62-year-old uncle from prison.