Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

Vatican donates ventilators to hospitals in Syria Comments 0

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020

In the name of Pope Francis, the Congregation for Eastern Churches said it is sending ten ventilators to Syria and three to St Joseph’s Hospital in Jerusalem to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The donations were among the first items announced by the congregation as it launched an emergency fund in response to the pandemic. Read more

Syrians desperate to outrun a brutal regime offensive Comments 0

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

It’s freezing cold and the kids don’t have proper shoes, but the elderly Samar couldn’t risk it. Overnight, the bombings got too close. They fled their village in a panic, the older children carrying the little ones, walking for seven hours just to getaway. The youngest children are shaking, their cheeks are bright pink from Read more

Pope Francis prays for ‘beloved and tormented’ Syria Comments 0

Thursday, October 17th, 2019

As Turkish-led forces began the fifth day of their move against Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria Sunday, Pope Francis appealed for dialogue, especially as families in the region are forced to flee from warfare. “My thoughts go once again to the Middle East. In particular, to the beloved and tormented Syria, from which dramatic news Read more

Who cares? World shrugs its shoulders at Syria’s airstrikes Comments 0

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Syria continues to suffer deadly government-initiated airstrikes in its rebel-held north-west, while ordinary citizens bear the brunt of the carnage. Syrian opposition activists and a war monitor say five people died and 21 were wounded on Sunday as the government continued its air campaign against the region. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war Read more

Pope tells it straight to Syria’s president Comments 0

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

In a hand-delivered letter, Pope Francis told Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad he is deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in northern Syria’s Idlib region which has been the target of Russian-backed airstrikes since April. He also asked for the safe return of the millions of people displaced by years of fighting, information for the families Read more

Planned Lebanon demolitions put 15,000 Syrian children at risk of homelessness Comments 0

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

At least 15,000 Syrian children will be at risk of homelessness if the Lebanese government goes ahead with the planned demolition of “semi-permanent structures” built by refugees in eastern Lebanon, aid agencies warned on Tuesday. Save the Children, World Vision and Terre des Hommes Foundation said in a joint statement the government made a decision Read more

Trump signs new law to help religious minorities Comments 0

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

US President Donald Trump has signed a new law to help ensure humanitarian relief reaches the members of religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria. The legislation aims particularly to help groups targeted for genocide by Islamic State militants. It enables financial and technical assistance for the humanitarian, stabilisation and recovery needs of former Read more

Ignoring Assad’s crimes won’t work Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Ignoring Bashar al-Assad’s crimes will not lead to peace. Mazen Darwish, who is a Syrian lawyer and Director of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression, says Assad’s victims deserve justice. “To deny them justice is to make a mockery of all that they have suffered. We must realize the extent of what’s Read more

How much sleep did you lose over the Syrian children? Comments 0

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Let’s start by telling the truth: we love a tiny fragment of the world’s population. I didn’t lose a wink of sleep over the Syrian women and children who died because of chemical weapons. I don’t feel a twinge of guilt when I eat my dinner and think of hungry, homeless families sleeping under interstate Read more

Pope Francis and Syrian Patriarchs react to airstrikes Comments 0

Monday, April 16th, 2018

Church leaders including Pope Francis and the Syrian Patriarchs are condemning last weekend’s airstrikes by the United States (US), Britain and France. War planes and ships launched over 100 missiles at three chemical weapons storage and research facilities near Damascus and Homs. The airstrikes sought to punish President Bashar al-Assad for a suspected chemical attack Read more