Syria has been facing a conflict for over six years. In Syria, the Syrian people lack even the most basic things, such as drinking water, food, school, medical care and housing. In these difficult times, the simplest gestures of solidarity make the difference.
The population of Syria has been victim of the conflict between the government, the rebel groups and Islamic extremists since 2011. The UN figures released last year show that more than four hundred thousand people have lost their lives and nearly five million were forced to leave the country. The actual numbers are even more alarming.
In the face of such suffering, the Church seeks to be close to the people.
Fr. Bruno Varriano is guardian and Rector of the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, in the Holy Land. Recently, he traveled to Syria where he met with the parish priest of Aleppo, Father Ibrahim Alsabagh. Father Varriano was able to meet several local people who are suffering very much because of this sad reality.