2013! The war has been in Syria for 2 years. In September 2013, the village of Maaloula was attacked by the terrorists of the al-Nusra front. Churches are burned, people massacred or forced into exile and to live in deprivation.
In Paris, Charles de Meyer and Benjamin Blanchard decided not to stand by idly. Together, they launch the very first operation "Christmas in Syria". And as the health situation deteriorated, they make a humanitarian convoy, bringing 4 tons of toys, clothes and blankets to Syrians.
On the same day, while a rain of shells falls continuously in several Syrian cities, the rebels blow up 40 tons of explosives in an ultra-modern hospital in Aleppo. Posters hastily put up on the walls of the city announce the dead of the different parishes, everywhere are descriptions of carnage and the stories of jihadists who rape and kill dogmatically. The tone is given! As a result of a religious conflict in a country where religions lived in peace, foreign powers threatened one of the most successful examples of cohabitation in the Middle East.
The French will not abandon the Syrians, and so, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient is born.
Many projects are supported, such as the delivery of a generator to the Saint Louis-French hospital in Damascus, the rehabilitation of a church in Maaloula, the installation of a medical center in the city of Homs...
From June 2015, permanent missions are opened throughout the country and host their first volunteers throughout the year. The needs are real and countless, the situation is alarming, the task is immense.
SOS Chrétiens d’Orient have been acting at two levels: the distribution of essential supplies that meet emergency needs (food, water, blankets, electricity...) and projects that prepare for the post-war period with, for example, the reconstruction of destroyed houses and churches, the development of agricultural projects, the support of children’s school fees, housing costs for students to avoid an "empty" generation often the result of high-intensity conflicts, and to ensure a future for these young people who will make Syria tomorrow...
After six years of war, much deprivation, suffering, grief, Syrians begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Aleppo is finally released from the Islamist yoke. Their example, the example of the Syrian people, must be known to us who have not known the horrors of war which they have suffered. If they are abandoned, Syria dies.
Today, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient invests in the future and intensifies its economic development projects so that Syrians can take again the reins of their lives. With your help, Syria will recover and this recovery will be thanks to the indomitable spirit of Syrians themselves.
Maps of the missions
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