SYRIA Fr. Ibrahim on the drama of Aleppo’s Christians

Aleppo (AsiaNews) – An eductional emergency, a  the food crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic, a housing problem, especially for young married couples, there are many obstacles to Syria’s possible recovery from a bloody and protracted war.  Fr.  Ibrahim Alsabagh, 50-year-old Franciscan, guardian and priest of the Latin parish of Aleppo, has written “Letter to friends” in which he recounts the dramatic situation facingthe population of what was once the country’s economic and commercial capital .  In the letter sent to AsiaNews, the parish priest points the finger at the sanctions he defines as “inhuman” and “used unfairly” with the sole result of “making everyone suffer, especially the weakest”. The sanctions, explains the priest, “affect the correct functioning of hospitals and medical equipment, paralyzing” health care.  Added to this is the “lack of electricity” which today leads to “not being able to turn on an air conditioner or a fan”, just as in winter “it is not possible to turn on the heating”.  “The reality – he continues – is slowly worsening and becoming more and more oppressive, making living conditions very difficult”. Prices, continues Fr.  Ibrahim, “they are constantly rising and the population is starving”.  An example is the price of fruit and vegetables, with seasonal products “inaccessible” for the poorest.  “Imagine – he writes – that half of an employee’s monthly salary is not enough to buy pasta and vegetables”.  In response, the Church “has returned to promoting the distribution of food parcels or to pay small amounts of money to contribute to the purchase of groceries”.  And the next goal is to “open a hot canteen” for the homeless or the elderly most in need.

SYRIA Fr. Ibrahim on the drama of Aleppo’s Christians

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