Aleppo, Syria Under Siege; Christians Face Many Shortages
Please pray for the people in Aleppo, Syria. Thousands of Christians still live in the government- controlled parts of the city. For the last 10 days the city has been under siege. There are no roads open to travel in or out of the city. There is a shortage of everything in the government-controlled areas of Aleppo.
One of Open Doors’ contacts says: “There are hardly no food supplies. Even the United Nations relief packages have stopped. Vegetables and fruits have disappeared from markets and shops. All the restaurants are closed. There is no gasoline in the stations. Taxi service has stopped and those who saved a little bit of gasoline are asking high prices. Students are walking for more than an hour to go to the university.
“There is no electricity and no water. People are standing in very long lines to fill their buckets. The only time they can collect water is between 6 to 11 p.m. while the generators are working to pump the water out. Shells randomly hit the city from the fighting.”
He adds: “People are starting to become more and more hopeless. Some people are selling their apartments for only $10,000. They want to get the money and as soon as the roads open again, they want to leave Aleppo for good.”
Pray that God will comfort and strengthen the Christians trapped in Aleppo. Pray that the people will put their trust in God. Pray that much-needed supplies will get to those in need.
Through local churches of all denominations, Open Doors provides essential monthly support (food supplies, medicine, rent subsidies, medical help, winterization material, etc.) to almost 50,000 people in Syria. An average of over 9,800 families received help during the first eight months of 2015 and they will continue receiving support in the coming months.
Open Doors is helping Christians who have been displaced by IS. To help feed a family for $50 a month, go to https://secure2.convio.net/ccod/site/Donation2?df_id=7560&7560.donation=form1&_ga=1.43211565.981393229.1378412015.
Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.