» 03/15/2012, 00.00
Christians in a divided country, after a year of revolt
With Iran delivering medical aid and Saudi Arabia and Qatar willing to arm the rebels, Syria appears to be breaking up. A witness to the events, a Catholic priest describes the situation of communal hatred and fear but also the action of Christians and Muslims, working together to help the victims. The country's Churches are divided between blind support for Assad and non-violent opposition in favour of the rule of law and a state where Christians and Muslims are equal before the law.
Syria: Arab Parliament calls for the immediate withdrawal of observers
The advisory body of the Arab League says: "The mission of the Arab League has failed in its objective," and thanks to it, the regime continues to carry out inhuman acts. In Syria there are 60 observers, a second group should arrive on January 5. More deaths as the year begins, the first is a child of seven.
03/10/2012 SYRIA - MIDDLE EAST
Car bombs in Aleppo. The Syrian war tolls
One hotel and a military officers' club destroyed. Dozens dead or wounded. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees expects the number of Syrian refugees to exceed 700,000 by the end of the year. Jordan is the country bearing the greatest load. The problems of winter. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 31,000 have died in the civil war.
27/08/2016 14:22:00 MIDDLE EAST
Middle East wars and unrest lead to lower life expectancy
Syria is particularly affected. War shaved off six years from men’s life expectancy (from 75 in 2010 to 69 in 2013), five from women’s (from 80 to 75). Millions of people have to face the consequences of water shortages and poor hygienic conditions. Non-communicable illnesses like diabetes or cardiovascular disease are up as well.
02/01/2014 LEBANON - SYRIA
For Beirut Archbishop, Maaloula is sign of the crisis of Arab civilisation
The nuns' abduction shows a "loss of all spiritual sensitivity by the kidnappers, who have no sense of the values professed by their religion." As the conflict widens, we should be afraid that a whole generation will grow up, no longer believing in anything but money, weapons, force and domination.
23/01/2016 14:40:00 EGYPT
Amid lights and shadows, Egypt marks five years since the Arab Spring
According to the spokesman of the Catholic Church, the government is trying to revive the country’s fortunes through agriculture and industry with timing and foreign investment as key factors. Whilst minorities and women enjoy greater freedom, youth movements remain critical. For them, the revolution’s ideals have been betrayed. For the leader of the Maspero movement, it is necessary to counter “those who propagate hatred."
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