Christians in Syria are in a dire state as the country continues to be ravaged by conflict; many are trying to leave, while those who remain are struggling to survive as essential supplies run short.
Barnabas Aid this week received a report from a church leader in Aleppo, which has seen some of the heaviest fighting in the war between President Assad’s troops and opposition forces.
We are facing tough times. The economy is very very bad. We have shortage of bread, food, medicine, kids’ milk… no fuel for cars, nor gas for cooking… The prices of food are five times more. Now and since two days we don’t have water. Hoping that soon the problem will be solved, otherwise we will face a disaster. Most of the people are in a disturbed and bewildered situation and they don’t know what to do.
Desperate to protect their families from the violence and hardship of war, many Syrian Christians are fleeing the country. The need to escape is intensifying as Christians increasingly become targets of the opposition fighters, who perceive them as being Assad loyalists.
Many surrounding nations are also in a state of instability, not to mention overtly Islamist, so Syrian Christians are now looking to Europe for refuge. Hundreds of desperate Christian families have put themselves into the hands of human traffickers in order to get to Greece, with the aim of moving on to relatives in other European countries. (See this week’s editorial:Syria’s 2.3 million Christians in refugee crisis; will Europe help them?)
One man, who sold everything he owned to get his family of ten to Greece, said that every Christian wants to leave Syria but many do not have the resources to do so.
Barnabas Aid is helping displaced Christian families within Syria and in other countries, with food, medicine, money for rent and other essentials.
Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Aid, said:
There are 2.3 million Christians in Syria who have become the helpless victims of this dreadful conflict. Those trapped in the war zone continue to need practical support, while we may also need to prepare for more drastic measures to get them out of the country. Whatever help you can give will encourage brothers and sisters in Syria and assure them that they have not been forgotten by their wider Christian family.
If you would like to help Christians affected by the crisis in Syria, please send a One off donation to the Middle East Fund to help Christians in Syria (project 00-1032) or sponsor a Christian family by making aRegular donation of £25 a month using our secure server.
Source: Barnabas Aid