The Greek-Melkite archbishop of Aleppo, Jean Clément Jeanbart in an earnest plea to the West has beseeched that sincere efforts must be made in order to restore peace in Syria. “Please help us pull our country back from the brink of the abyss of the fundamentalist regime in which they are trying to immerse us.”
“Please help us continue to live in a dignified manner on this blessed land where we were born and raised!”
Head of Caritas Syria, Bishop Antoine Audo, SJ, in an interview with Vatican Radio stated: “The testimony of the Carmelite nuns is reliable,” said the bishop. “To us it’s important to let people know that in the Western part of Aleppo, where there are two million inhabitants, many Christians have left because of the bombs that are being dropped everywhere and every day, with no one saying a thing.
For example, yesterday morning they bombed a school in the Christian quarter, killing four or five children, and injuring some 50 people. A school! I think,” Bishop Audo added, “that those who control the information in the West have a political agenda. We must, as Christians, as honest people, ask who is behind this manipulation, this exploitation of the media. And I think that if the war goes on like this not only will there will be soon be no one left in Aleppo.
Whoever can, leaves. Only those who can’t leave are staying on, which means the poor and the elderly. Little by little it will be the end of this wonderful Christian community of Aleppo. This is our drama and our pain. We try to do everything we can. We say: ‘Peace! Peace! Peace!’ but on the side of the rebels there is no peace but ‘War! War! War!’ which will they continue all the way to destruction.”