“No fuel for heating homes. The weather is cold. We are in the winter season. How can we heat our homes? Our kids are crying from the cold weather and we are not able to do anything, except covering them with blankets and putting them to sleep. But nights are long. Everywhere it is dark, cold and black. It’s as if we are living in a cold cemetery.”
This is a response from a Christian living in Aleppo, Syria as he talks with Pastor Samuel, who is serving suffering believers, many of them Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the area.
About 40 percent of the 1.8 million Christians who lived in Syria before the civil war – which started March 2011 – have left the country because of the horrible situation inside the country, especially with the coming of winter.
Pastor Samuel also heard other voices of desperation from Christians:
• “No electricity up to 23 hours and 39 minutes per day. This means that we saw light just 21 minutes a day, divided into two periods (morning and evening).This was last week. But since three days there is no electricity at all. What kind of life is this? My child is not able to sleep because of the fear of darkness. Are we in the 21st century?”
• “We were hardly having water. But, now, for several days, there is no water at all. When electricity is a luxury, what about water? Is it a luxury? What about taking showers? Shall we stay and live in dirt? What about our laundries? What about our kids? How we will teach them to be clean when there is no water? We lack the basic elements for living. Is this life? Why we are living? If we are lacking the main element of life, which is water, it’s better not to live or to leave the country.”
Pastor Samuel concludes: “The disappearance of electricity, water and fuel makes it very difficult for the families to survive. Signs of hope are rare to find within people and it is very hard to see hopeful and smiling faces.”
Open Doors is partnering with churches and agencies to help provide relief supplies to support Christians in Syria and the Middle East. To help, go to https://secure2.convio.net/ccod/site/Donation2?df_id=6900&6900.donation=form1&_ga=1.114704143.981393229.1378412015 or www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.
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