» 07/24/2012, 00.00
SYRIA - LEBANON
Caritas Lebanon: influx of desperate Syrian refugees
Over 47 thousand people are living in makeshift camps and tents, where there is a high risk of epidemics. Their conditions are terrible. To date, the Lebanese government will not grant permission for a refugee camp.
Beirut (AsiaNews) - "The situation in the refugee
camps on the border with Syria,
is terrible and getting worse day by day. Thousands of refugees are crossing
the border trying to escape from the Syrian hell. Most are women and children.
The suffering of
these people is enormous, wherever you go you hear cries of despair, hatred,
revenge, many feel abandoned by God. " This is what Fr. Simon Faddoul, President
of Caritas Lebanon
tells AsiaNews. The
priest speaks of more than 47 thousand refugees who have sought shelter in the Bekaa Valley
and in makeshift camps on the northern border between Syria and Lebanon. They
come mostly from the Sunni-majority provinces of Homs
and Hama, the
most affected by the war between the regime and rebels. For
several weeks many of the Muslims who have fled are Alawites along with small
groups of Christians from Damascus and Aleppo. Today, over 8
thousand people have crossed the border.
According to Fr. Faddoul
most of the refugees are Sunni Muslims. Only 5% are Christian.
volunteers are always on alert - he says - because these people need
everything: clothes, water, food, medicine, blankets. For political reasons the
government does not authorize the construction of refugee camps, forcing people
to find shelter in old
abandoned houses, shacks, makeshift tents. " To
help the Syrian refugees, Caritas and other NGOs have set up several collection
centers across the Bekaa valley and a mobile clinic dedicated to the care of
priest said that hundreds of foreign volunteers came to Lebanon to
support the local Caritas, but without the refugee camps it is impossible to
organize aid. "Anyone
who crosses the border goes to our centers and plants their tents there. In
these days we have asked the government permission to increase our space for at
least the distribution of aid, to prevent overcrowding and the outbreak of
invites Western countries not to forget the Syrian people and to press for an
immediate cease-fire. "The
situation is irreversible. Many fear an escalation which will be almost
impossible to escape. We must try to be ready for any eventuality because we do
not know what will happen in the future." (SC)
09/11/2012 VATICAN - SYRIA
Card. Sarah "a father" for Syrian refugees, Christians and Muslims
The President of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum yesterday visited the refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley. Fr. Simon Faddoul president of Caritas Lebanon tells AsiaNews about the emotion of refugees, mostly Muslims. A mother with a child of four months asked the cardinal to take the child to save him from this terrible situation. In tent cities water, electricity, food is lacking. An appeal to Westerners to open their "eyes, ears and hearts to the suffering of the Syrian brothers."
27/11/2013 SYRIA - LEBANON
In Lebanon, more than 800,000 Syrian refugees living in the open or shacks
By the end of December, at least 3 million Syrians will have found refuge in neighbouring countries. For the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, the situation is likely to get worse with the arrival of winter. In Lebanon, most refugees live in 960 makeshift camps. The most serious situation is in the Bekaa Valley. About half of the 800,000 refugees are under 17. Cor Unum, Caritas Lebanon and Rome's Bambin Gesù Hospital for Children launch a health mission for Syrian refugee children.
23/09/2016 19:07:00 LEBANON – SYRIA
Caritas: as poverty creates tensions between the Lebanese and Syrian refugees, there is risk of conflict
Caritas Lebanon director Fr Paul Karam warns of great potential "social conflict" between locals and refugees. He will talk to Pope Francis about the “tragic situation”. The local Church is involved in mediation and tensions reduction. Those “who make weapons also run the war and manoeuvre it to make it go on”
01/07/2016 15:22:00 LEBANON – SYRIA
Caritas Lebanon coping with refugees amid acceptance and fundamentalism
For Fr Paul Karam, Lebanon’s religious and cultural ethnic mosaic is at risk. Region-wide plans and international efforts are needed. Fundamentalism is fuelled by deteriorating conditions in refuge facilities.
16/12/2013 SYRIA - LEBANON
For Caritas Lebanon, "thousands of Syrian refugees could die from the cold and the snow"
The refugee situation in the Bekaa Valley (eastern Lebanon) is "terrible, said Mgr Simon Faddoul, president of Caritas Lebanon. In addition to cold and hunger, people could die from fires caused by makeshift stoves. Yesterday, a one-year-old child died in a fire in a refugee camp in southern Lebanon. Caritas calls on people to remember at Christmas Syria's more than 1.3 million war refugees.
Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
May 24, 2017: 'China, the Cross is Red', AsiaNews Symposium
The event will be held to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China. A title with many meanings: the Cross is red from the blood of the martyrs; From attempts to suffocate the faith with state control; Bceause of the contribution of hope that Christianity gives to a population tired of materialism and consumerism that is seeking new moral criteria. The theme is also about the great and unexpected religious rebirth in the country. Guests to include: Card. Pietro Parolin, Msgr. Savio Hon, the sociologist of religions Richard Madsen, the testimonies of Chinese priests and laity.
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