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Essa Neima was inspired to paint after the murder of his friend, Fr Frans van der Lugt

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A most annoying martyr

Fr Frans van der Lugt, who was shot dead by Islamists a year ago in the besieged Syrian city of Homs, was a man of unbelievable energy, stubbornness and courage

Like Fr van der Lugt, Fr William Doyle made the ultimate sacrifice

Dutch Jesuit priest in Homs killed

Fr van der Lugt had chosen to stay in beseiged, starving city

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The murdered priest successfully highlighted the suffering of Syrians in a western media that has grown tired of the conflict

News comes as thousands prepare to be evacuated during a pause in fighting

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