Pentecost (today) is the last day of our Spring Campaign. Please be generous.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dutch priest, in Syria, appeals for international intervention amid starvation

Catholic World News - February 03, 2014

A Dutch priest who is trapped in Homs told The Telegraph that some of the residents of the Syrian city of one million are starving.

“Our city has become a lawless jungle,” said Father Frans Van der Lugt. “We are trying our best to behave in a fraternal way, so that we don’t turn on each other for the hunger.”

“This morning I visited a centre for the handicapped; for three days they have had nothing to eat but olives,” he continued. “We are trying our best to help, but there is little we can do.”

Hom’s old city, he said, used to have 60,000 Christians. “Now I find myself alone with only 66 other Christians.”

He said that the remaining Christians are being treated well by their Muslim neighbors.

“We are afraid that the international community abandoned us,” he continued. “They look for their interests, this is politics, but they have to know that the Syrian people are suffering.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. May 22
What's wrong with these pictures? May 22
What can we learn from the dignity of military services? May 22
Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? May 21
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days