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Christians savaged by Kurds and Turks affirms SOS Chrétiens d’Orient

Alexandre Goodarzy, the French Head of Mission of SOS Chrétien d’Orient in Syria for the past four 4 years, has wondered why the Western media had not woken up when the Turkish regime occupied Afrin and Jarablus areas in the north of Syria and when it supported terrorist groups against the Syrian State?

He told the Syria Times: “Why do the western countries stand by the separatist Kurdish militias in Syria? These militias, mainly PKK and YPG, have been internationally designated as terrorist groups. i.e. why does the West support the Kurds when it puts them on the international terrorist list?

“We in the west have to reconsider our alliances. Our governments have to face the stupid actions they made in the past,” Goodarzy added, referring to the fact that the Kurdish militias in Syria have betrayed the Syrian government and people.

“When the war started in Syria in 2011, the Syrian state gave weapons to the Kurdish groups to defend Syria in the north of the country as the Syrian army had to fight terrorist groups in a lot flashpoint areas , but what happened is that the Kurds used the weapons against the Syrian army and people,” he asserted.

Goodarzy went on to say: “I know that for Syria all Syrian people are united and Kurdish people are part of the Syrian people. Yes, this is exactly the case when we are speaking about the people.  but these military and political militias have taken advantage of the situation since the beginning of the war on Syria.”

He affirmed that the separatist Kurdish militias have practiced suppressive and savage acts against citizens, who contradict their agenda. “For example, they kidnapped many Syrian Christians in Qameshli and forced them to join the fight  alongside YPG. This move came within other measures adopted by those militias against the Syrian Christians in the northeast of Syria because of their loyalty to the Syrian state.”

Now, the population, who has suffered from the brutal practices of the separatist Kurdish militias, are suffering from the Turkish attack and may be tomorrow they will suffer under ISIS because Kurds are telling everybody that they are not able to contain the jail where they have put the members of ISIS.

“What does this mean? Is it a threat?? Are those Kurdish militias saying: if you are not supporting us any more, and if you are letting us down in front of the Turks, we are going to liberate all ISIS prisoners? This is a real problem! And this for us in the western countries is a cruel reality and shows the lies and the bad alliances that we have done in the past,” Goodarzy concluded.

Interviewed by: Basma Qaddour for The Syria Times

Rebuilding Syria: Can you volunteer?

“My time in Syria began with an assignment in the Christian village of Maaloula, at the heart of the mountains in the north of Damascus. This is a charming village with an incredible cultural heritage, and I was struck by the beauty of the surroundings. The village is made of old houses painted in blue near churches with some of them built more than 1600 years ago and a great statue of Mary is contemplating the valley from the top of a hill……..

After Maaloula, I went to Aleppo to work on another assignment for three weeks. I felt so privileged to be able to discover this city that I always dreamed of. It has a profoundly rich cultural heritage and is considered as one of the oldest cities of the world……..

Finally, and to finish my time in Syria, I was sent to Homs, third biggest Syrian city. Here again, I discovered entire neighbourhoods shattered by the war with broken glass still paving the streets. Every week we went to the Qara monastery to offer our help for the many works that had to be done. We also spent quite a lot of time in Sadad, a small Christian village in the desert where we visited the elderly and gave French classes to adults and teenagers. My Syrian adventure ended on a high note with the Pentecost pilgrimage near Tartous with all the French and Syrian volunteers of SOS Chrétiens d’Orient. ”

Read more here about Vincent’s charitable working holiday, and Join the volunteers in Syria. 

SOS Christians of the East

Al-Suqaylabiyah buries its children.

As the long-awaited offensive of the Syrian Arab Army against al-Qaeda is finally launched to clear Idlib of more than 30,000 foreign head-chopping terrorists, the number of civilian martyrs also increases. The Wahhabi-Salafist terrorists are continuing to bombard the Christian villages of al-Suqaylabiyah and Mahardah in northern Hama.

On Sunday, four children and a woman died martyrs under the rockets of terrorists. Six others were critically injured.

SOS Chrétiens d’Orient is on the ground helping the families of martyrs in Mahardah, al-Suqaylabiyah

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Mass Celebrated at the Knight’s Crag

The Holy Sacrifice was celebrated – it’s being said, for the first time in over 700 years – at the historic Knight’s Crag castle (Krak des Chevaliers) near Homs in Syria.

The castle and surrounding villages were liberated by the Syrian authorities from Takfiri Terrorists in 2014. The Holy Mass was organised by SOS Chrétiens d’Orient and celebrated in the Dominican rite by Fr. Aubry of the Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer.

Syria Knight's Crag... Krak de Chevaliers