human development, social justice and sustainable social systems

Syrians are exhausted, warns Caritas Syria

On the occasion of the International Peace Day, Caritas Europa joins the confederation’s prayers for a quick solution of all the existing conflicts in the world. Our thoughts go to everyone suffering from the misery of war.

One of this conflicts is the war in Syria. After almost six years of war that have destroyed the country, killed hundreds of thousands and forced over 11 million people to move, Syrians are exhausted of the never ending violence, sadness and madness that dominate their every day life.

The courageous team of Caritas Syria work relentlessly to help as many as possible to cope physically and spiritually with their struggle. Read their message below about how war has affected the Syrian population.

“When we hear the news talking about the truces made between countries about Syria, or the decision of some countries to support some armed groups inside, or the agreements of ceasefire made by foreign governments, or training and sending more fighters to Syria, or the foreign fighting airplanes flying in our sky without permission, we always feel ourselves watching a football game between the big powers of the world on the Syrian land and using the Syrian ball ‘the Syrian people’.

Unfortunately, what is happening during this game is that the players are destroying with their big shoes while playing the infrastructure, buildings, factories and are crushing the Syrian people, especially the poor ones who became the majority.

After almost six years of war, we as Syrians are exhausted. This war is not only destroying our country, but it is destroying our souls from inside. The war knocked every door in Syria, entered every house, and left behind its traces everywhere, and in every heart….

War made most of us displaced in our own country after we lost all our belongings, our childhood memories and our past…
War let us feel insecure all the time even if we are in our own houses…
War made most of us poor, not being able to buy life necessities or bread for children…
War entered our families from inside, splitting them apart, and causing disintegration…
War made education an unreachable dream for our children and youth…
War made our streets full of homeless people, especially the small ones, the children…
War closed the foreign companies, embassies, destroyed our factories and left most of us without work…
War is increasing the prices of goods and the burden of our lives every day…
War deprived us from electricity, medication and clean water, and took us back to the Stone Age…
War made us shrive during winter without being able to heat ourselves or our children…
War is forcing us every day to say goodbye to our beloved ones who decided to immigrate, especially our young people…
War left our elderlies without anyone to take care of, without dignity in their last period of life…
War let the fighting game be the most amusing one for our children; it entered their discussions, their way of thinking, their playing and hurt their innocent childhood…

The list is very long of the war results on us, and our needs are huge now, especially during this time of the year. The winter is coming, and the schools began recently, which press economically on every Syrian family.

Unfortunately, without our support as Caritas, and the other active NGOs in Syria, a lot of families cannot survive anymore. A lot of families are depending on us, and we always feel that our support is like a drop of water in front of all this thirst. We offer food, medication, rent allowance, clothes, education support, elderly support, and psycho-social support through our projects, but when we ask our beneficiaries about their most urgent need, we mostly will hear this word: PEACE!

All of us need peace to be able to rebuild ourselves, our lives, and our country. We all dream of a day when we wake up in the morning to find out that the fighting between us has stopped, and that we don’t need to be afraid anymore from the big shoes of the football players, as the game is over…

WITH YOUR SUPPORT
WITH YOUR PRAYERS
WITH YOUR SOLIDARITY AND LOVE
PEACE IS POSSIBLE IN OUR SYRIA…”

Caritas Europa joins Caritas Syria in its payers for Peace in Syria, and thanks all Caritas Syria team for their strong commitment in order to alleviate the suffering of the people in Syria despite the violence, the danger, all the challenges and the destruction they face in their daily life there.