Category Archives: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan

Young Iraqi Christians, Muslims, and Yazidis are the seeds of dialogue in a Land broken by the Islamic State

Seeds of hope!!!

A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice: News and Views

6606442621494827991ERBIL: In order to overcome the murderous madness of the Islamic State, which has covered with blood a land already brutalised by years of wars and violence, it is necessary to start with “a plan of dialogue and outreach at the local level”, involving first of all children and young people, the new generations, “who will be tasked with building life together” beyond their respective religions.

Starting from such premises, Fr Samir Youssef, pastor of the diocese of Amadiya (Iraqi Kurdistan) who has long been on the frontline of the refugee emergency, is promoting a project to transform “young Muslims, Christians and Yazidis” into “seeds of dialogue ” to breathe new life into Mosul, the Nineveh plain, and Iraq as a whole.

Speaking to AsiaNews, the priest mentioned an initiative that is in its initial stage, but one that has already garnered “the enthusiastic participation” of some thirty of…

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Aleppo 54 years ago … and now?

A family with two young children leave Syria, travelling through Turkey to Europe.

In 1962, Humphrey and Helga traveled through Syria with a 7 month old & a two year old in a transit van, returning home from Jordan to Germany & the UK. Not a journey to be undertaken willingly now, yet many such families have to attempt it, fleeing unwillingly.

Roman road Syria, somewhere between Aleppo and the Turkish border, 8 June 1962
Roman road Syria, somewhere between Aleppo and the Turkish border, 8 June 1962
Aleppo Citadel, 8 June 1962
Aleppo Citadel as seen by the Fishers, 8 June 1962 – also the top picture in this post.

The sights meeting the Fishers eyes contrast with those we see in our newspapers.

Today, thousands of families are hoping to flee before it is too late for them too, as shown in the  Guardian’s photo-essay of Eastern Aleppo as pro-Assad forces move in (15 Dec 2016). The final picture shows damage around the citadel site seen from the air (Photograph: Omar Sanadiki/Reuters)

These villages on the Fisher’s journey may be some of the places people flee through today. Here is something small we can do – try and get every country in the world to protest to prevent more massacre in Aleppo: click on Avaaz’s petition

Syrian village between Aleppo and the Turkish Border, 8 June 1962
Syrian village between Aleppo and the Turkish Border, 8 June 1962