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Caritas helps Syrian victims of war inside and outside the country
Syria’s humanitarian crisis is the biggest emergency for Caritas right now. The vicious conflict has forced 6 million Syrians out of their homes – 2 million of them into other countries – and has left more than 230 000 people dead.
Pope Francis is closely engaged with the crisis and is calling constantly for an end to the fighting. He has highlighted the assistance Caritas has given to Syrians regardless of their ethnic or religious affiliation as the best way to contribute towards peace.
Caritas gives them clothes, blankets and food parcels. If they are too sick or too poor to reach one of Caritas’ medical centres, a doctor visits them. It helps them find shelter, warmth and schooling for their children. Counsellors offer support to cope with depression and bereavement.
Despite the enormous difficulties and dangers, Caritas Syria continues to work inside the country. It provides emergency assistance from its centres, which are sometimes on the frontline.
Caritas Updates from Syria
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.
One of the many things that gets left behind when a family is uprooted by war, is a child’s education. If left without schooling for a prolonged time, the long-term effects on a child’s life and possibilities can be devastating.
Interview with Caritas Lebanon Director Rita Rhayem on improving relief efforts for refugees.
Caritas Syria president Msgr. Audo says fears are growing for people in Hassakeh as fighting spreads, causing families to flee and the Caritas office to close.
Women and children refugees recently arrived from Syria to Turkey are living in extremely difficult conditions. Caritas is able to some aid but more is needed.
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