On the 22 February 2015, the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) attacked villages along the Khabour river in northern Syria. They kidnapped around 230 Assyrian Christians, including the family of a Caritas Syria staff member. They have just been released along with all the other hostages.
Caritas interviewed 288 Syrian refugee families in Beirut, Tripoli, and Saida. It found that refugee households paid an average $291 in rent and were forced to spend an average three-quarters (76%) of their total income on rental.
More than half of the Syrian refugees (56%) in Lebanon are under 18. While only one in ten was injured in the conflict before arriving in Lebanon, many of the child refugees show symptoms of trauma, including flashbacks and nightmares.
We – leaders of humanitarian organisations and UN agencies - appeal not only to governments but to each of you - citizens around the world – to add your voices in urging an end to the carnage. To urge that all parties reach agreement on a ceasefire and a path to peace.
Modar used to work for Caritas in Syria helping people who were fleeing conflict. When life became too dangerous, he left for Europe. He describes his work, the terrible journey and coming to terms with being a refugee.
Syrians are giving up hope that a solution to the war is possible and seeking safety in Europe. Caritas Syrian staff and beneficaries reflect on the question every family is asking of themselves: whether to leave their beloved country.
Syria is being destroyed, day by day, village by village. Raqqa, Idlib, Palmyra and Assyrian villages in Al-Khabour have fallen to Jihadist and fanatic groups. Now it is the turn of Quaryatayn, where 250 Christians have been kidnapped.