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For Patriarch Laham, Madaya is hostage to armed gangs and terrorists with aid at risk
Today the first convoy has left for the besieged city, where residents are starving. Food supplies should last at least a month. In the next few days, medical drugs and other necessities should arrive. However, there is a risk that hey might end up in the hands of Daesh and other groups. For Gregory III, the dispute between Iran and Saudi Arabia threatens peace efforts.
For vicar to Aleppo, first deals between government and rebels are “small steps" to end the war
For Mgr Georges Abou Khazen, "only the Islamic State group and the Nusra Front want to continue the conflict”. Aid to Madaya, Foah and Kefraya are "encouraging and hopeful signs". In the Middle East, despite a growing desire for peace, outside forces are “exploiting religion and sectarian hatreds for their own economic and political interests.”
15/02/2016 19:48:00 SYRIA – ISLAM
In Syria, the real priority should be the fight against Islamic State, not Assad
In northern Syria, two attacks on hospitals cause scores of civilian casualties. The fragile agreement reached by world powers is undermined by ongoing air strikes and fighting. For Islam scholar Samir Khalil Samir, a Jesuit priest, the real steps needed for peace are a stop to Saudi-funded fundamentalism and a real commitment to fight Islamic terrorists.
18/02/2016 20:50:00 SYRIA – LEBANON
Young Syrian who survived the Islamic State bears on his body his tormentors’ pain
Khalifa el-Khoder remembers the torture his tormentors inflicted upon him, including "ballanco". After an extorted confession, he was sentenced to death. Set on escaping, he succeeded thanks to a total stranger who drove him to Aleppo. A freelance journalist now, he dreams of studying at the Sorbonne. But he cannot forget the terrifying violence he endured.
17/02/2016 18:20:00 SYRIA – LEBANON
A Muslim imprisoned by the Islamic State for drawing the Virgin Mary
Khalifa el-Khoder spent seven months in a jihadi prison for drawing Our Lady on a wall in Aleppo as a sign of peace. In his story, he tells of mosques turned into prisons, of overcrowded cells, and of every day torture.
10/02/2009 SRI LANKA
Religious personnel under Wanni bombings
Hundreds of thousands of people are trapped in the war zone. There is a lack of food in Wanni: over the past 10 days, only 8 aid trucks have been sent for 250,000 people. No one can enter the refugee centers managed by the government.
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