Hundreds of families, in particular Christian families, have fled to the coastal regions and the Valley of the Christians, including Homs.

They have lost all of their possessions and are in need of everything: shelter, blankets, mattresses, clothing, and so on. Some of the sick among the refugees depend on medicines,’ Fr. Ziad Hilal told ACN.

At present Aid to the Church in Need is supporting 2,000 families in the Valley of the Christians and a further 2,000 in Homs, who rely on the Church for everything. Thanks to your love we have been providing aid for Fr. Ziad’s work with these needy families.

But the Jesuit priest is expecting more arrivals as violence increases in Hassake, Raqqua and Aleppo. Many families are being torn apart. I met a family – the father is still in Aleppo while the mother and her children were able to escape. The people are in a dreadful situation at the moment.’

This article can be found in Mirror 0715.