Skip to content

Only Catholic Church appears able to aid starving population of Homs, Syria

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
2/10/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Up to one million people face imminent starvation in winter seige.

Disturbing reports continue to come out of Syria. Refugees who have managed to escape the city say that starvation is hunting about one million people and mostly babies and children are dying as a result. Government strikes are also taking their toll, heightening the terror with the specter of  violent death.

Civilians injured in an alleged bombing in Homs. Many more are starving and the UN cannot provide aid due to the ongoing siege. Some civilians have been evacuated and fed, many more have escaped on their own, but most remain besieged.

Civilians injured in an alleged bombing in Homs. Many more are starving and the UN cannot provide aid due to the ongoing siege. Some civilians have been evacuated and fed, many more have escaped on their own, but most remain besieged.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
2/10/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Syria, Homs, food, Catholic, starvation, seige, UN, aid


AMMAN, JORDAN (Catholic Online) - The UN believes that about one million people in and around Homs are suffering from hunger, with several hundred living under the worst conditions, starving to death.

Those facing the worst are surrounded by both rebel and government forces, and remain entirely under siege without food. Movement invites danger and any attempt to escape is made at significant risk. Still, many try, driven to the edge of madness with hunger.

According to survivors who have been interviewed, there is nothing but water available. No staples remain. There is no food at all. In the places where some food remains, it is being carefully rationed at starvation levels.

Babies are dying, since they have unique nutritional needs which cannot be met in the ongoing crisis.

The UN is demanding access to deliver food aid to areas under siege, and to help move civilians out of endangered areas. However, even today, as another round of peace talks takes place, a previous agreement to allow this remains stalled.

Adding to the misery is the winter cold, heating fuel is unavailable.

Ironically, the Catholic Church is providing what services it can to people, both Christian and Muslim, Sunni and Alawite.

Fr. Ghassan Sahoui, who was interviewed by the American Catholic News Service in early February told a reporter that people are stealing and that his community is trying to serve everyone who comes to them for help. However, the siege is making it difficult. Most people cannot go to work, although there is little need to work, since there is no food and money is worthless in such a situation.

At least the Church seems to be able to help where the UN and others are ineffective.

Catholics are invited to donate to Your Catholic Voice Foundation emergency relief efforts.

You may also donate to their general food relief program.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JUNE 2017
National Leaders.
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.


Comments


More Middle East

'These are normal people like you and me': The heartbreaking reality of a refugee life Watch

Image of Six years ago, the Syrian journalist ran away from security forces who were threatening him.

Omar al-Muqdad wanted to help the Iraqi refugees who were displaced from their homes in 2004. He volunteered to help with refugee ... continue reading


Crown Prince of United Arab Emirates renames Mosque for Virgin Mary Watch

Image of The beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is now named, Mariam Umm Eisa for the Virgin Mary.

The United Arab Emirates has renamed a mosque, "Mary, Mother of Jesus." The decision appears to be an effort to stress what they call the ... continue reading


BREAKING: WAR LOOMS - U.S. shoots armed Syrian drone targeting American troops Watch

Image of The F-15 is the primary interceptor in the U.S. arsenal and is armed with long-range, radar-guided missiles for shooting down other aircraft. It is a deadly opponent in all situations.

The U.S. military is reporting it has shot down another drone belonging to Syria. The drone was armed and was allegedly prepared to make an ... continue reading


US and Russia one accident away from war in Syria Watch

Image of A picture of a Syrian Su-22 (NATO codename 'FITTER') fighter-bomber. Jets such as these are used to bomb ground targets.

Russia and the United States are close to shooting at one another, following the destruction of a Syrian plane that attacked U.S.-backed ... continue reading


More than 2 MILLION Christians forced to flee homes amidst terrifying violence in the Middle East Watch

Image of Increased Christian persecution has forced families to flee from their homes.

A new report estimates that between 50 and 80 percent of Christians have fled the countries of Iraq and Syria since the start of the Syrian ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.