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Friday 18 March 2016
 
TRUCE IN SYRIA HOLDS ON

The expectations on the success of the truce in Syria that started on 26th February were never high. All the stakeholders were facing numerous difficulties, let alone the challenge to meet and sit around the same negotiating table. Despite several incidents, the truce does continue to hold, while the dialogue on Syria continues to be held between Russia and the US.
Therefore, some hope is building up towards finding a reasonable solution and even the UN representatives in charge of the negotiations speak of “fragile glimmers of hope”.
According to a Syrian humanitarian organization, 177 hospitals were destroyed and about 700 doctors, nurses and other health personnel were killed since 2011 (source: esteri.diariodelweb.it).
Consequently, the situation of Syrian patients is often dramatic as they are left to themselves in dire cobditions. Among the aid that AMU sends to Syria, one objective is to deal with this health emergency in the city of Kafarbo, near Hama, where members of the Focolare Movement have agreed to provide support to those in need. Approximately a hundred people receive assistance, which is not only materialistic in nature, as a supporter from the local community tells us:

“We see sick people and learn about everyone’s story and after each visit we return with a feeling of touching something sacred. Once we visited a family where the father had gone to a neighbouring country in difficult and mysterious circumstances. He left his wife and four children without any moral or economic support and did not share any information on his whereabouts. The eight-year-old daughter is seriously ill and suffers growth retardation. Her mother was in tears while she told us about herself; I could not stop myself and I cried with her. Then we prayed together and asked the Lord to bring joy to the family.
Together with the local community we also supported them financially. During our second visit we brought some food to the family, but we noticed that they could not afford to heat their house. So we quickly allocated a small amount of gas oil. Then we found out what the children were missing, so other young people from the community helped out with clothing and other small things. It was nice because it was a gift given by children to children. His wife thanked us so much, saying that with our visits joy came back to her house. After some time news arrived from her husband which gave them peace of mind and the situation of the family has begun to improve.”

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