The human cost – following the civil war that started in Syria in 2011 – has been great: 470,000 deaths, 4.8 million Syrian refugees in countries like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey and 6.5 million people displaced within Syria itself. Perhaps the city that has paid the greatest price is Aleppo. Once home to 5 million inhabitants, today only one and a half million people still reside – of which many are widows and orphans having lost their men to the fighting. The combination of war, daily violence, the appalling humanitarian conditions, and the fear for their lives and the lives of their children have forced families to take the terrible decision to flee to Lebanon or beyond. Living the daily suffering with the population is the Church – providing material but moreover the emotional and spiritual care that it can amid the circumstances. Mark Riedemann speaks to Fr. Ziad Hilal, a Jesuit priest who is working in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
Date of Production: 2018
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