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Christians in Syria continue to face brutal circumstances

This month marked the ninth anniversary of the start of the civil war in Syria. “The situation is terrible,” said Sister Maria Lúcia Ferreira, a sister based at the Mar Yakub Monastery in Qara, in the Christian region of Qalamoun. Her message came in a statement to the Portuguese headquarters of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).


According to the Portuguese-born woman religious, better known as Sister Myri, “after the crisis in Lebanon and the new sanctions imposed on the country, the economic situation has become really terrible. People complain that they can barely buy anything to eat.”

“It’s horrible, people can no longer buy anything to eat. Some people survive on bread and water,” she said. According to UNICEF, more than 300,000 children have been displaced from their homes and neighborhoods since December alone. Approximately 1.2 million children are in a situation deemed extremely vulnerable.

Like the town of Qara, where the sisters live, all of Syria continues to suffer from an extremely weak economy caused by nine years of war that have already left more than 380,000 dead and turned millions into refugees and internally displaced persons.

The situation is exacerbated by the violence that continues in the northeast of the country, in Idlib province, where government forces are trying to capture the last stronghold still in the hands of jihadist groups. Syrian children are direct victims of this climate of war.

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