Yakup Cindilli recovers slowly from attack in Turkey

Yakup Cindilli, who was savagely beaten in October for refusing to renounce his Christian faith is slowly recovering at home.

Yakup was discharged on 2 December from intensive care in hospital, shortly after began to emerge from a coma. He was later transferred to the care of his family in Orhangazi, a small town 30 miles away.

He has recognised some members of his family and is now starting to speak, although his speech does not usually make sense. He has also just begun like a baby to walk again. Although he is still unable to care for himself, his regular contact with close relatives will be very vital to his long-term improvement, his doctor said.

Although his Muslim family remain opposed to his Christian faith, they are caring for him at home and are pursuing charges against his attackers. (Compass)