Saving the children of Syria’s war

????????????????????????????????????There are many tragedies in any war, but none are harder to watch than the suffering of children. Syria’s civil war is no exception. Hundreds of children have been killed and thousands more displaced in refugee camps with poor food and shelter and no idea when they can go home.

In the summer edition of One magazine, the official publication of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, Jesuit Father Ziad Hilal writes about the impact the conflict is having on Syria’s children and the work of the church to save the children in the city of Homs.

As director of St. Savior Center for Education in Homs, Father Hilal is working with his fellow Jesuits and Jesuit Relief Services, the Paulist Fathers, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd and dozens of lay Christians, with the assistance and support of CNEWA, to help the displaced and threatened children — Christian and Muslim — continue their lives. Many have lost one or both parents. All are victims of the crush of violence.

3 Responses

  1. I am very disappointed with this tragedy. I can hardly bare the thought of so many Syrian refugees suffering in such painful ways. I sure hope that some day this crisis will end as well as the suffering for the refugees.

  2. There is no way to predict how the planned strikes against the regime of Assad will affect these poor people, no way of predicting what the government will look like if Assad is deposed..Forbes magazine today: “Among the diverse forces comprising the Syrian opposition to Assad’s rule, the best-resourced and most experienced fighters are mainly jihadists — many with ties to Al Qaeda. Even if the CIA had done a world-class job of delivering weapons to other elements of the opposition — which it apparently has not — the jihadists are tougher fighters and thus likely to play a potent role in any post-Assad political order….at the same time U.S. drones are targeting the same jihadists in places like Afghanistan and Yemen.” We can hope that US intervention may shorten the conflict but there is no way of predicting whether the air strikes will do that. Would you give up if theWho will the air strikes affect the most? People dead of starvation or from exposure to the elements, bombing or later Al Qaeda retaliation are just as dead as those having died from saran gas. Air strikes and arming the rebels does not guarantee the dying will stop or that those who are ultimately responsible for the war crime will pay or that we get the “right people”. A single cruise missile costs over 1.4 million dollars. How much more good might we do with humanitarian aid. 3 days or more of missile strikes are planned. How much food is that?

  3. I feel so helpless :(

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