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Archbishop: Sanctions Worse than Bombs!

A DAMAGED PARADISE:

When I arrived in Damascus in 2006 I hardly ever met anyone asking for aid. Querying this fact I was helped by a fellow priest who told me that this was normal in a country where education and hospital facilities are free:  low salaries were enough for everyday needs.  There was no need to beg.

Eight years of war have destroyed an entire country and its peaceful people: unmerited destruction, 600,000 deaths, 12 million refugees and homeless exiles, a paralyzed economy, worthless money, and. ever-rising inflation, all with a crushing embargo. .

Families are saying now: we were better off with bombs flying around us. We could take shelter and hide somewhere. .How can we get away now with an economic war knocking at the door?

A WOUNDED HUMANITY:

The economic struggle is fast taking the place of the violent military interventions and touches all social classes; the embargo on anything from Iran has engulfed the Syrian people who are seemingly forgotten and left in misery. .

If it was hard to meet a poor Syrian in 2006, today it is impossible not to come across a Syrian who is not living in need whilst facing impossible social problems, all crowned by  a constant lack of work, and therefore continual unemployment.

How difficult it is to see those families torn apart more and more, and obliged to continually beg to stay alive. However, the hardest is not that of seeing people in need but how their human dignity is so wounded.  Bitterness can be seen so easily in the faces which do not look one in the eye in order to avoid further humiliation.

In the face of this hurt and broken people the Church keeps looking at the EMPTY TOMB.

+Samir Nassar

                                                                                                                            Maronite Archbishop of Damascus

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Maronite Bishops’ Grave Concern

“The Bishops of the Maronite Church have voiced grave concern over the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan,” reports Independent Catholic News.

Asia News adds that: “The Maronite Church has clearly condemned the decision of the U.S. president, Donald Trump, to support Israel’s claim to sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights…….. the monthly meeting of the Assembly of Maronite bishops, under the chairmanship of Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rahi, in the patriarchal see of Bkerké, ended with a statement that ‘this decision constitutes a violation of international law and paper of the United Nations, and the right of every people to recover their stripped and occupied territory.’ This principle – the bishops add – also applies to the right of Lebanon to recover what is still occupied on its soil.”

Meanwhile, The Syria Times reports that the Maronite patriarch “has stressed that some influential countries don’t want the Syrian refugees to return home.

‘The problem today lies with the huge powers, since they do not want to facilitate the refugees return. These countries insist not to separate the refugees case from the political solution in Syria. However, if the status quo persists, it foretells of future risks’ .”