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SYRIA: The struggle for surivivalCategory: Emergency aid for refugees and disaster victims
Thousands of Syrians escaping violence and turmoil are receiving food, blankets and medicine – thanks to the friends and benefactors of ACN.
With requests for help continuing to pour in, ACN is appealing for donations to provide ongoing emergency assistance. Hundreds of thousands have been fleeing over Syria's borders, leaving behind millions of others also desperate for help. ACN's aid is going to families in Syria as well as Jordan and Lebanon, where refugee camps are struggling to cope with new arrivals.
Building on ACN aid in 2012, this latest help is earmarked for people worst affected by violence, targeting Christians and others most at risk. ACN Middle East projects coordinator Fr Andrzej Halemba said: "We get reports about how much the people are suffering from the fighting. The tension is almost unbearable. The faithful rely totally on the Church."
ACN's help is being channelled through Bishop Antoine Audo, whose diocese of Aleppo has been devastated by the conflict.
Bishop Audo, who testified to his people's suffering at an ACN-organised event in October 2012 at the Houses of Parliament in London, said: "We as Christians need to pray and suffer with the poor and do what we can to serve them. "We are helping the poor families, providing the assistance they need at this difficult time."