During Ramadan, the volunteers of Damascus and the association Jouzour have worked on the preparation and distribution of iftar meals for the most deprived and displaced families of the Ghouta, a neighborhood occupied by jihadists till 2018.
"The day begins with the cutting of vegetables with our friends of Jouzour who welcome us in a festive atmosphere," explains Maxime, volunteer in Syria. "We take this opportunity to learn new words in Arabic and the best technique for cutting onions."
The smell of flat beans and sheep meat which is cooking nearby spreads in the courtyard, an aroma that makes the fasting of the members of the association Jouzour even more difficult. "But the positive attitude of our friends coupled with the songs sung by the children revives their determination."
Once the hundred trays are filled, at the price of many finger burns, the volunteers pile into the pick-up truck that takes them through the congested roads of Damascus, out to the suburbs of the city, where camps of displaced people of the Ghouta are located.
In all the camps, which are spread throughout Syrian territory, the sorry sight is the same. The tents are real furnaces in the summer. The facial features are drawn and closed. This war has pushed thousands of families onto the road, in misery, and immersed in permanent anguish.
"We know that our action makes sense and is worthwile when a sincere smile lights on the faces." For these men and women, iftar is a moment of celebration, a time of food and moral comfort.
The concrete actions of Jouzour and SOS Chrétiens d’Orient plays a part in bringing communities together and helps to work towards social reconstruction, which is essential to the preservation of the Syrian unity.