Today/Friday as we reflecting on the Passion of Jesus, it is appropriate that we reflect also on the suffering of his Mystical Body on earth, especially the people of Syria. Recently I gave an electronic contribution to AID TO THE CHURCH IN NEED who are assisting the people remaining in the country and lack the means (mainly money) to flee like the ones that appear on the mass media. Below is a part of their advert.
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SYRIA – Help urgently needed
Our screens and newspapers have been filled with harrowing scenes of suffering as the desperate flee their homes in Syria. The global community suddenly seems to have woken up to the situation, of which ACN and you, our benefactors, have been all too aware for some time.
Through your support and generosity ACN is supporting vital projects providing aid and help to the people of Syria, both within Syria itself and the surrounding countries. Many Christians have fled their homes in fear of their lives as the civil war rages on.
Father Halemba, Head of Middle East projects section for ACN, has confirmed that the situation for Christians in Syria has worsened and is calling for help ahead of winter.
Speaking from Syria, Fr Halemba told us: “My impression, after several visits since the beginning of this year, is one of increasing concern about the ever greater instability in Syria.
“The military success of Daesh (ISIS) causes fear and anxiety especially among the Christians. The future of the city of Aleppo, where many Christians still live, is uncertain.”
Fr Halemba is particularly concerned about the effect the coming winter will have on displaced families. He said that gas and fuel were in very short supply and were very expensive. Fr Halemba added: “Last year people died from the cold.”
ACN has funded 140 emergency and pastoral projects in Syria since the beginning of the civil war four years ago and is committed to continuing to stand alongside the Christian community, who rely on your help. Thank you for your prayers and compassion.