Syria appeal reaches £2 million
25 September 2013
Thanks to your amazing compassion, our Syria crisis appeal has raised more than £2 million.
Thanks to your generous donations to our Syria crisis appeal over the last six months, we have supported thousands of people whose lives have been torn apart by the war. Our partners in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey have provided:
- Relief supplies (including mattresses, blankets, cooking equipment and clothes)
With support from CAFOD and other Catholic agencies, they have delivered aid to more than 295,000 people.
Alan Thomlinson, CAFOD’s Emergency Manager for the Syria Crisis, says: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters. The compassion of our Catholic community in England and Wales is making a huge difference, giving hope for the future to people in desperate need.
“But this is a crisis that’s continuing to get worse by the day: more than eight million people have been driven from their homes, many with little more than the clothes they were wearing. We need to continue to scale up our work across the region.”
Prayers for peace
CAFOD staff and partners were among millions of people around the world who responded to the call by Pope Francis to pray for peace in Syria on Saturday 7th September.
Georges, a refugee in Kesrouan in Lebanon, told us: “My prayer today is a prayer of love for the hurting and bleeding Syria, a prayer the whole world should hear.
“I hope everyone shares this prayer. Perhaps it will contribute to the return of peace, security, coexistence and love in Syria. A prayer so we can return to our country, and the pain and burning from our hearts and minds can be removed. A prayer so Syria can become the bright flower of the Middle East again.”
We are continuing to call for a peaceful solution to the conflict. Alan Thomlinson says:
“Securing a long-term commitment to peace should be the number one priority. The international community should push for an immediate ceasefire, and for peace negotiations without pre-conditions between all parties involved in the conflict.”