The Armenian Catholic Archbishop of Aleppo, Boutros Marayati, says the air raids against jihadi bases in Syria, carried out by the United States with the support of some Arab countries, are not being welcomed by the local population. They don’t see the bomber as liberators People are afraid “that this type of external involvement could worsen the situation” he said.
The prevailing sentiment is that the raids will not solve problems, and may even increase them. The uncertainty that everyone lives with every day is increasing all the time. even more. Archbishop Marayati said fathers and mothers of families are just wondering whether it is still possible to remain or whether it would be better to try to leave the country,
Meanwhile, schools in districts of Aleppo controlled by the government have reopened. The Heads of Churches and Christian communities meet once a month – the next meeting will be on Saturday – to take stock of the situation and find shared ways to alleviate the suffering and the difficulties of the people.
“We remain here – repeated Archbishop Marayati, “and we try to give support to everyone to make sure that they stay here and do not go away, until it is possible. There is water only for two hours a day, and there is no food. Many go away. But there are also those who returned from Lebanon and from the coastal town of Lattakia, when school started again. Our only role in this situation is to try to bring to life the seeds of hope that bloom in the rubble”.