In Syria, ‘the people are worn out’

After 10 years of war in Syria, Sister Annie Demerjian of the Congregation of Religious of Jesus and Mary says “the people are worn out.”

“Kids lost a huge part of their childhood,” she adds. “Blood and destruction are all they have seen.”

Sister Annie’s religious community is one of several church groups that works with the support of CNEWA-Pontifical Mission to provide the Syrian people with basic supplies and hope for the future.

Sister Joseph-Marie Shanaa of the Sisters of Charity of Besançon has been leading a food program for the past 11 years to help the most vulnerable in Syria’s capital. She works with Father Imad Shalash, a Melkite Greek Catholic priest, 

“Today, our means are very limited,” he says. “There is no infrastructure. Whatever you could send us would be of help to us.”

Meet the sisters, as well as the children and families they help, in the video below:

Learn about the programs seeking to bring hope to Syria’s children and basic necessities to families struggling in poverty in “Healing Families Devastated by War” in our June 2022 issue of ONE.

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