1) EXODUS OF YOUTH:
This absurd war has torn Syria in five years, has forced lots of young Syrians to flee violence, military service, death and chaos…
With the closure of consulates and refused visas, these young people spend their fortune and ruin their families to join illegal immigration which is very expensive and dangerous, some drown, and others are mugged and robbed along the way.
Often unwelcome and ignorant to foreign languages, these young Syrians live isolated, eaten up by suffering and a silent and bitter hatred. They lost everything and are left to live in solitude and perdition…
Syrian youth, assets of the future, without hope, have turned their back on their motherland which is in so much need of them. Their dreams lay broken in the ruins of their beautiful country. A one-way trip. What a waste.
2) MILITARY CHILDREN:
The tragedy does not stop with the departure of young people. Syrian Children, who have waited five years for peace, revolt against a life of misery and abandonment.
Driven by school failure, poverty and the lack of prospects they engage in armed groups and prove to be courageous fighters and stone-hearted executioners. War machines, trained in violence with no fear or goal. A question that worries the Church and troubles the spirits of her pastors.
This is the terrible consequence of a war that is lasting too long. And instead of saving children from these atrocities, they are immersed in a total and gratuitous violence.
Destroying childhood sweeps innocence away and kills hope. Life’s most beautiful dream is broken.
How do we restore the pure spirit of these children?
What will the Resurrection be in a country in the absence of young people and children?
“LORD, to thee I take refuge.” Psalm 143:9
“HE changes times and seasons” Daniel 2:21
Archevêque Maronite de Damas