As Syria’s civil war entered its eighth year Thursday, with millions still fleeing for their lives and the highest children’s death toll so far, a priest has decried the global Church as “shameful” for failing to “shout and scream” for an end to the carnage.
“Unfortunately, I’m heartbroken to say … the international community is not on the right way to tackle the problem in Syria. People don’t want to talk about it any longer because they look and they see such a huge disaster — even the Church,” the priest, Fr. Nadim Nassar, told Premier on Thursday.
“The Church is only helping in a humanitarian way but it’s not enough. I challenge the leadership of the Church East and West … where are we? Where are the leaders of the Church to stand up and shout and scream in the faces of the politicians and say ‘enough, stop the blood and stop this senseless war,'” he asked.
“Unfortunately, the position of the Church is appalling, and it is shameful.”
Nassar said that political powers have failed to find a solution to the war. Hostilities are being carried out both by the government of President Bashar al-Assad, who has been helped by Russia and Iran, and various Islamic rebel groups seeking to take down his administration, who have been provided U.S. and other Western assistance.
The seven-year conflict has been utterly devastating for the country and the entire region, with close to half a million people killed, and 6.1 million internally displaced.
The Syrian Network For Human Rights reported that 10,204 civilians were killed in 2017, including 2,298 children and 1,536 women.
United Nations’ children’s charity UNICEF said that in the first two months of 2018 alone, 1,000 children were reportedly killed or injured, with the conflict intensifying in some areas, such as the Eastern Ghouta region near the capital, Damascus. Last year was the deadliest for children in the war so far, it added.
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Source: Christian Post