Jesuit Refugee Service in Syria is focusing mainly on two fronts: emergency relief to those in greatest need and educational activities. Both of these efforts enhance reconciliation and co-existence amongst people of different socio-economic and faith backgrounds.
The Syrian tragedy has been deepening for almost three years. What started as a call for reforms by some Syrians has escalated into a full-scale conflict. Today the conflict involves radical, extremist elements and foreign involvement on both sides. Meanwhile the broader international community has not yet succeeded in creating the necessary conditions to halt the tide of bloodshed despite the desperate pleas of a majority of Syrians for an end to the conflict.
"We want to be men and women of peace, and we want in our society, torn apart by divisions and conflict, that peace break out!"
With these words Pope Francis recently captured both the tragedy of the war in Syria and the profound longing of Syrians for peace. This echoes the same clear message that JRS workers, their families and local Syrian communities wish to send to the international community.
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