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Aleppo Carmelite: ‘we are constantly hearing the shells’

August 08, 2016

As the Syrian government and rebel forces fight for control of Aleppo, a Discalced Carmelite spoke about the situation via telepone with Aid to the Church in Need.

“We are constantly hearing the shells pass over our heads,” she said. “By now it is only the poorest of the people who are still left here in Aleppo.”

“So many Christians have left the city during these years of war,” she continued. “We have no water, no electricity, and the fighting is continuing incessantly. Who could possibly come back in these conditions?”

Commenting on the decision of the six nuns in the convent to remain in Aleppo, she said:

How can we abandon these people in their suffering? The witness of our presence is important for them. We draw strength and courage from prayer; this is our protection. The diplomatic solutions have not worked. We simply pray to the Lord that this war may stop … Please take pity on these thousands of lives, torn apart by war. Please don’t forget us. We need your prayers and your practical help!

 
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