Aleppo

I know that many of you have been following the terrible news from Syria - here's the latest that I could find, from The Guardian. It looks like that though the last ceasefire and evacuation deal fell through, there is another chance and civilians should begin to be evacuated in the next 3 hours. God, I hope that that is true. Yet, that too, is horrible, just less horrible than the alternative:

“We will always remember and never forget how the criminals of the world forced Aleppo’s people to choose between two options, collective death or collective forced displacement, and we chose the lesser of the two crimes,” said one activist in a besieged opposition-held district.

Please pray for the people of Aleppo, and please consider supporting them materially too. They need us.

Here are some charities that are doing heroic work in Syria (and are all rated highly by charity watch groups):

The International Rescue Committee is already taking in those fleeing from Aleppo specifically in the nearby town of Al Dana: https://www.rescue.org/country/syria

I couldn't find specific information for Catholic Relief Services or UNICEF as to how they are handling this specific escalation of violence, but CRS continues to do incredible work for Syrian refugees, and UNICEF is focusing their efforts on saving the lives of children that are facing winter without a home.

Catholic Relief Services: http://www.crs.org/stories/syria-crisis-assistance-for-refugees

UNICEF: https://www.unicefusa.org/caught-cold-splash-page

Read The Guardian article here