Syria: Relief reaches Homs

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

syriaDAMASCUS, SYRIA (Worthy News)-- Barnabas Aid is sending emergency relief to Christians trapped in Homs after the withdrawal of anti-government forces from the Baba Amr district.

The relief effort will aid residents struggling with severe weather without power and basic necessities now that the Free Syrian Army is finally pulling out following a month-long siege by Syrian government forces

A Christian leader told Barnabas Aid that residents had been stopped from leaving Homs by anti-government forces that wanted them to remain as “human shields” for protection against government troops.

Following the fall of the Hussein regime by the US-led invasion of Iraq, the Christian community was subjected to intense religious violence, forcing thousands to flee to secular Syria. However, the same pattern is re-emerging as Islamic militants are now kidnapping and killing Christians in Syria.

Some Christian families are now leaving Syria to seek refuge in Lebanon.

Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Aid, said: "While I am relieved that the withdrawal of anti-government forces from Baba Amr provides the opportunity for a respite for some of the suffering residents of that city, I fear that the crisis in Syria is only going to intensify ... Today we have a window of opportunity to alleviate the distress of the Christian families who have been trapped in Homs. Please help us to help them."

"Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts .... " (Ps. 95:7-8).

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3 thoughts on “Syria: Relief reaches Homs

  1. Heavenly Father, I lift up these people to you who are trapped in a very dangerous, desperate situation. I ask for your peace that goes beyond understanding to reach them.  I pray that you would have great compasssion on them, that they would each receive much needed aid, especially where the lack of power in extreme temperatures is concerned.  I pray for all current and future kidnapping and murder  attempts to be,  if not completely stopped, then to be at least extremely delayed .  I pray for the protection for your people, for all of them, especially the children who are the most helpless.  May souls be witnessed to, may the enemies be humbled, and may your people come out stronger, regardless of the outcome.  For we must remember this is part of a spiritual fight, an eternal fight..may we always fight the goof fight of faith regardless..nonetheless I plead for your mercy for these you be the glory, God, in Jesus' mighty precious and Holy name, AMEN!

  2. Initial reports said Syria was preventing the Red Cross/Crescent from even entering Homs.
    Has anyone heard anything else since?

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