Caritas Internationalis is renewing its call for peace in Syria.
The Syrian government is now in control of East Aleppo. There is international concern over the plight of the 250,000 civilians who were thought to remain in there.
Caritas is making emergency funds available to provide aid to those caught in the conflict in Aleppo. Caritas is calling for an immediate end to the conflict, that humanitarian aid reaches those in need and that the lives of civilians are protected.
Caritas says this is the moment for political negotiations to end the war.
“We are all with the people of Aleppo,” said Patriarch Gregory III Laham, the spiritual leader of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, to Caritas staff in Syria. He praised NGOs and charities for their work “to alleviate the tragedy and the suffering of the people.”
“We thank everyone supporting Aleppo from the outside,” he said, “to put an end to the suffering and to bring back peace to this lovely city.”
Caritas Syria President Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo said, “Let’s put aside the weapons and ideology. Let’s look at the bruised faces. We need reconciliation through honest dialogue. We ask the world to work towards reconciliation for the Muslim world, and stop exploiting its fragilities for economic and political gain.”
Caritas commissioned Syrian refugee artist Tammam Azzam to produced a piece of art reflecting hopes for peace in Syria.
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Caritas also commissioned a short animated film on Syria, using images from the cities destroyed across the country.
Syria has become the biggest emergency for Caritas. Almost 13.5 million people in Syria need assistance, 6.5 million people have been internally displaced.
Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle said in his Christmas message to the confederation, “At times it seems it is always winter, never Christmas in Syria. This war has been the bleakest winter for Syria, but we know that after winter comes spring.”
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