Aleppo is bleeding out…

 

So far, the hardest day of war

lived in the country

On Tuesday, 3rd of May, we lived in Aleppo- all the media agrees to say- the most difficult day of the war during this five years in the country. There were days that the fighting lasted for about 15 or 17 hours without interruption.
Today, Friday, May 6th, we visited some of the families that have suffered the destructive consequences of these past days of fierce fighting. One of them told us:

“a missile fell at our home. My husband took in his arms our daughter of a year and eight months and went down immediately. I followed him and in that same instant, another two missiles fell in the same place where I was standing seconds before. We lost everything; we have nowhere to go. I’m pregnant. We are three families living in a small room; it is impossible to live like this “.

The lady who spoke is 29 years old, and she has cancer. She has already been operated three times. “Since that happened last Tuesday, I still couldn’t have a shower,” she said that showing us the dust of the explosions attached to her clothes.

Another family told us: “we left the house; it was not ours. A family friend of us who travelled abroad lent it to us. The house is in an area where missiles are falling almost continually. Our life is in danger and we have only one daughter of ten years of age. Since last week, we are living in this room where I work as a hairdresser. Our daughter is deaf-mute, and she needs treatment but as of now it is impossible “.

 

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Another person says: “this is our house, it is a small house and extremely poor, but at the same time we keep it neat and clean. We live in this top floor, the most dangerous. We are the only Christian family in this neighbourhood. We want to go to a safer place, but we don’t have any means. My son has epilepsy. My husband has been operated from the heart and has no job. We can’t go outside or look outside the balcony because there are snipers in this street”.

 

The Last one says: ” I am a widow, I have three daughters. My husband was in the army and died. I have a job in San Vicente, but it is just enough for me to pay for the electricity”. Another young girl, of only ten years of age, said: “I would like to get out of here at least for a year so that I could have a quieter life. It is hard to live here as missiles are dropping every minute”.

The needs are countless:

Food, medicine, clothing,

needs of renting at least a small room where to live.

We can say without exaggeration, that Aleppo is dressed in mourning and has seen run the blood of her children on her streets. Until this afternoon, the city has been paralysed since Tuesday. Most premises were closed, people stayed in their homes, afraid of going out.

However, in this every situation of extreme necessity, we do not hear a single complaint against God, nor resentment or reproach. On the contrary, we have found souls that we can call heroic: they have lost their children because of the war, missiles have destroyed their homes, and yet they visit and help families living in extreme situations.

 

“Their faith allows them to suffer these afflictions

with great fortitude”

 

When a missile falls, they go immediately to the aid the victims without thinking that another can fall and catch up with them: they do not doubt in helping others in need, and they do it even as they risk their life.

 

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In the midst of the great pain that we live in these days, we give thanks to God for the gift of these children, Christians of name and fact; they know how to give testimony of their faith with their life.

Thanks again to all those who are praying for peace in Syria and the Christians here. God will reward you generously!

Mary of Nazareth
Aleppo, Syria, may 6, 2016

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