Independent Catholic News | March 11, 2019
ACN project partner Sr Annie Demerjian with Lucine, 85, from Aleppo, Syria, and volunteer Fadi. © Aid to the Church in Need
A leading Catholic charity has delivered a fresh £1million aid package offering a lifeline to suffering Christians in the Middle East.
Aid to the Church in Need announced today that during the first two months of 2019 it had paid out emergency relief and pastoral supportfor the Middle East including almost £750,000 for Syria and nearly £250,000 for Iraq.
Neville Kyrke-Smith, national director, Aid to the Church in Need (UK), who so far this year has made project trips to Egypt and Lebanon, said: “The scale of the charity’s help reflects the immense scale of suffering that we see across the region.
“As the apostle St Paul challenges us – we are called to help everyone in need, but especially those who are of the household of faith with us.”
ACN, which is funding these projects from money raised around the world, is helping the local Churches respond to the needs of suffering families in areas of northern Syria where reportedly there are more than 1.9 million internally displaced persons.