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SYRIA: Urgent help for refugees in MarmaritaCategory: Emergency aid for refugees and disaster victims
Christians in Marmarita, one of the largest villages in Syria's Valley of the Christians, are receiving priority help as they escape there from conflict-ridden Homs. The project is just one of the rays of hope shining in Syria thanks to your help.
"Because of the street fighting, thousands upon thousands of families have left their homes to take refuge elsewhere," writes a priest, who cannot be named for security reasons. "But thanks to you, we are able to offer emergency support for families – children's education, trauma counselling, food supplies, shelter, bedding and kitchen utensils."
Operating out of a centre in Marmarita where the aid is coordinated, teams of volunteers reach out to displaced people, assessing their needs and providing help.
The conflict has unleashed widespread and intense religious hatred – violent threats against Christians, bomb attacks against churches and attempts to flush the faithful out of communities where the Gospel has been preached since earliest days.
But the faithful refuse to give in to despair. Describing his work in Homs, Jesuit priest Fr Ziad told Aid to the Church in Need: "We have a great hope. Churches still ring bells for prayers and people come for Mass."