Pope appeals for support for war-ravaged Syria

Displaced children  at a camp in Idlib, Syria (CNS Khalil Ashawi, Reuters)

As the United Nations warns that Syrian communities are facing an unprecedented hunger crisis, Pope Francis has urged nations to fund programs to help support people suffering in the Middle East. Source: Vatican News.

By Robin Gomes, Vatican News

Pope Francis appealed for donor nations to pledge their support for the Middle East at the 4th Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”.

“Let us pray for this important meeting, so that it might improve the dramatic situation of the Syrian people and those nearby, especially in Lebanon, in this serious social-political and economic crisis, which the pandemic has made even more difficult,” he said at the Angelus address yesterday.

The Pope mentioned the countless children who suffer hunger, and urged leaders to seek peace.

The Brussels donor-pledging conference takes place online tomorrow. The funding summit is being hosted by the European Union and co-chaired by the United Nations. Heads of several UN agencies are also participating.

Even though most of Syria’s relatively low number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have been identified in rural Damascus, there are serious concerns that Syrians – nine in 10 of whom live on $2 or less a day – are dangerously exposed to the disease should it reach them.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the world’s largest humanitarian organisation that is assisting almost 100 million people in around 83 countries each year, has warned about the spectre of hunger looming large over Syria.

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Pope appeals for peace and support for war-ravaged Syria (Vatican News)

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