Above: Young mother Hala, who escaped bombardment in Homs, Syria, cradles her 20-day-old daughter, Mary-Rose, and smiles as she receives ACN emergency aid from Fr Issa Abdo, parish priest in Tartous, in the west of the country.
More and more people in Syria are struggling to survive. This is the main finding of an Aid to the Church in Need journey deep into a country where we met family after family desperate for food, warmth, clean clothes, shelter and medicine.
In places racked by shellfire, bombblast and worsening poverty, we saw your charity in action with aid being distributed to young and old alike.
We met Sister Annie Demerjian, who spoke of her work leading a team providing aid in Aleppo, the epicentre of the conflict. She told us: “It is painful to see people without food and water. In them, Jesus is hungry and thirsty. What gives me joy is when I can help them and see the relief and happiness on their faces.” The need is especially acute for Christians who have fled persecution at the hands of extremists bent on destroying the Church whose roots date back to St Paul and the first flowering of our Faith.
This report tells stories of individuals and families who urgently need our compassion and mercy as they continue on their own Way of the Cross.
Your kind gift could provide a young Syrian child with bedding or a family with a hot meal.
Just £25 will supply a child in Syria a Christian education, giving her the potential for life-changing opportunities and enabling her to pass on her Faith to future generations, ensuring Christianity remains in the Middle East.
As much as £60 will provide emergency aid for Syrian Christians in crisis. In times of disaster, Church leaders are able to support the many refugees by offering blankets and clothes for those who have been driven from their homes.