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

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.”


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