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The latest from Aleppo: ‘The situation is catastrophic’

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/19/16

This video has been circulating over the weekend. It is a devastating and heart-rending glimpse into the hell that is Aleppo.

This morning, we heard fromCNEWA’s regional director in Beirut, who has been in touch with CNEWA’s partners on the ground in Syria:  in the area:

The humanitarian situation is catastrophic; the weather is extremely cold. Over 15,000 people had gathered in a square in east Aleppo on Sunday for buses to take them to rebel-held areas outside the city. Many had spent the night sleeping in the streets in freezing temperatures. In the evenings, it can go to –5C [23 Fahrenheit]. They have access to very little food, fuel, water and medical supplies. The situation on the ground remains grim as people wait. As for the Christian communities (which are in west Aleppo, in the areas primarily controlled by the Syrian army): they find themselves in a better security situation because combat and military activities have been reduced. During the last few weeks, the situation of the Christians in Aleppo has been extremely difficult. Some convents were directly hit with shelling. At present the families are in great need for heating fuel and food. With our partners on the ground, CNEWA is trying hard to support the neediest fragile families with emergency supplies, especially providing 2,000 children with milk components every month through the Marist brothers. We are also providing medical support through the Maronite Archdiocese of Aleppo and the Saint Vincent de Paul association.

Read the rest at the link, where you can also learn how you can help.

Pray for Aleppo!

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