When the jihadists arrived, the city is ransacked. Men are slaughtered, shot or kidnaped. A lot of houses are burned. Numbers of churches are degraded, all are desecrated. Walls smashed or blackened by flames, stained glasses broken, paintings damaged, statutes behaded...
For Father Toufic, catholic greek melkite priest, jihadists thought about killing "the Saint’s presence by desecrating His icon". These attacks destroyed and tore the city and the economy of the region because many people fled in front of the jihadists.
SOS Chrétiens d’Orient is trying to provide maximum assistance to villagers through all its projects in order to bring the inhabitants back and permit them to be independent from their needs. First and foremost, SOS Chrétiens d’Orient launched the reconstruction sites of the church of Saint George and of the greek orthodox parish Saint-Elie.
The financing of the reconstruction of Maaloula was interpreted as a beautiful sign of solidarity from the Christians of France. The second step was to revitalize economic activity by focusing on the craft sector and promoting Syrian culture. It is necessary to give homes and work to the inhabitants of Maaloula to make them stay, or even bring them back to their land.
Since 2015, several volunteers take shifts to rebuild houses in a traditional way. SOS Chrétiens d’Orient also financed the reconstruction of the factory of debess and a homemade grape jam factory. Maaloula has, as well, a long wine tradition, but war damaged this heritage. Our volunteers from the Syrian mission are committed to repairing the damage with the objective to replant in order to produce and sell wine.
All these financial supports permit the martyr village of Maaloula to reborn gradually.
The donors’ generosity makes the development of all these projects possible and thus to provide families while offering an economic and cultural influence to the village.
SOS Chrétiens d’Orient finances a series of micro-projects in order to rebuild a sustainable socio-economic fabric that brings hope back to the brave inhabitants of Maaloula who preferred to stay instead of emigrating. Maaloula is the symbol that allows us to believe in the reconstruction of a free and peaceful Syria. Thank you!