Day 1: War and Armed Conflict

15909200_10211954660762143_703127943_oI feel frustrated, powerless and fearful of losing my loved ones; of losing our sovereign land to the hands of different threats – extremists and other nations present on the Syrian ground. Syria is not free anymore. Different factions with their own agenda that do not necessarily consider the desires and hopes of the Syrian people have played a role in controlling and deciding Syria’s destiny.

There is no absolute version of the truth for what is happening on the ground. People are fighting for freedom but there is no freedom when there are weapons involved in fighting. Innocent human lives are being taken away in the name of freedom, and reclaiming sovereign land but they are always fighting with weapons.  The global community is helping by sending humanitarian aid—medicine, clothing, food, and any support that can arrive through humanitarian institutions and not partisan organizations. The worldwide protests and demonstrations for peace in Syria show actions of solidarity with the people of Syria and help create awareness of our struggles.

We Syrians have a history of welcoming refugees from Europe and the Middle East, such as Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon. We opened our doors and built permanent housing for refugees and provided social assistance. All these enriched Syria’s own culture. However, today most doors are closed on us. The Syrian refugees are like any of us, they need food to survive, secure housing, health care, jobs, education, anything that sustains human life. Their desires are like our own desires—to have an ordinary and meaningful life. 

There are no winners in war; everything zeroes in on death and destruction, shattering families, creating permanent trauma and wounds in society. To overcome and learn from this we need dismantle prejudice, and reject any tendency to be powerful above others, and work hard to co-exist, live together and establish a common good.  To dialogue and negotiate for peace, everyone needs to be open-minded about each other’s welfare for the good of humanity.

This is the voice of a Syrian from Aleppo who wishes to speak in anonymity.


Most High, glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me true faith,
certain hope and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord,
that I may carry out
Your holy and true command. Amen

Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle;
the strength to be forgiving;
the patience to be understanding;
and the endurance to accept the consequences
of holding to what we believe to be right.
May we put our trust in the power of good
to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred.
We pray for the vision to see
and the faith to believe in a world emancipated from violence,
a new world where fear shall no longer lead human beings to commit injustice,
nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.
Help us to devote our whole life and thought and energy
to the task of making peace,
praying always for the inspiration and the power
to fulfill the destiny for which we and your entire creation were created. Amen

Hail Mary …

Our Father …

Glory be …


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