December 29, 2016 — The people of Aleppo, Syria, continue to live in an environment of violence even as more people are evacuated from Foah and Kafraya to shelters in the Jibreen areas, reports Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).
Jesuit Refugee Service in Aleppo partners with the Palestine Red Crescent Society and UNHCR to distribute food aid and other basic items to the displaced families in the Mahalej-Jibreen area. (Jesuit Refugee Serivce)
The displaced people have had almost no access
to medical help, and a bitterly cold winter has already set in, making life for
them even more miserable.
JRS Syria, and particularly JRS Aleppo, have been responding in several different ways to the displaced and other affected people. Working in tandem with other local NGOs, they have been doing needs assessments, providing blankets and distributing some food, water and medical supplies to the neediest among the displaced. The JRS Aleppo team has been reaching out in the face of great risks to themselves and to their families.
Jesuit Refugee Service in Aleppo partners with the Palestinian Red Crescent to distribute aid to the displaced of Aleppo, Syria. (Jesuit Refugee Service)
Meanwhile, Pope Francis sent a letter earlier this month to the president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, appealing for “an end to the violence and the peaceful resolution of hostilities” in the country. He also urged the Syrian leader to “ensure that international humanitarian law is fully respected with regard to the protection of the civilians and access to humanitarian aid.”