Mhardeh. For seven years, 20,000 Christians in this village are under the fire of the terrorists of the HTS (Harakat Tahrir El Sham). Day after day, rockets and bombs, randomly launched, are raining from the sky taking with them a piece of the soul of this village. They refused to see their land falling in the hands of Islamists, and for this, they pay the strong price. One hundred and sixty of it's sons have already died in battle.

The media does not talk about them as they struggle to survive. It is a daily battle, every morment is a fight and it that has already taken away the lives of many young martyrs. So many young people who, like you, had ambitions, dreams, a future...

"He was only 16 years old! An elite shooter, a life lost, a broken family. "The one who only knows death and who does not believe in love does notrealize that they are the most beautiful testimony..." Behold, the darkness covers the earth, and the darkness people. " (Isaiah 60: 2)

I feel the pull of the ash that flows out of my fingers. The grains are crashing loudly on the ground. A black veil of smoke clouds my vision. I push myself down against earth. I don't feel anything, everything has gone up in smoke. It's 2 o'clock in the morning, I wake up, I'm in Mhardeh... and yet no, I'm not there. I'm in France, but my mind has stayed there.

The Earth just shook. It is not an earthquake or another natural phenomenon that is the cause. No, it's a missile that has exploded less than a hundred meters from the house of Mr. Simon, chief of the national Defense of Mhardeh. On impact, the blast shakes the walls. Families are caulked while outside the death devices continue to fall. One, two, three then four shells burst all around. The targets are not military installations, but instead they are homes, shops, streets busy, churches. And civilians, of course.

To protect their homes and their lives in the face of jihadi barbarism, fathers and their sons must defend their homes, they stand side by side. Ordinary civilians, equipped by the army, join the National Defense that brings together all the local defense units. Others have joined red helmets of the town's rescue brigade. Month after month, these Christian fighters are pushing the Islamist waves of terror. Commanding them, Mr. Simon, a former successful entrepreneur who decided to devote his fortune and energy for the defense of his village and his faith. Today, Islamists have put a target on his back with a price on his head.

The Christians of Mhardeh need all our help, right now. While the majority of men are mobilized to protect the city, the fields are abandoned and shops are turning in slow motion. We have plans to strengthen our support for the local population.

Unfortunately, our budget is more than tight. To fulfill our first goal, we need you now. SOS Chrétiens d'Orient offers you the opportunity to help the inhabitants of Mhardeh through three concrete projects:

  • Bringing food aid and clothes for the poor families of the town
  • Funding medical equipment for the hospital and the reconstruction of its emergency room
  • Giving financial support to families who have lost a close ones due to fighting.



Volunteering is a commitment for a defined period. The volunteer is committed to a mission to serve others. To volunteer at SOS Chrétiens d’Orient you must:

- be older than 18 years old

- stay for a minimum for 1 month

- being in good physical shape

- have parental agreement for a possible departure

"I ask you to be revolutionary. Have the courage to go to counter-current. And also have the courage to be happy!" Pope Francis, July 28, speech to the volunteers of the WYD, Rio de Janeiro.

"I ask you to be revolutionaries. Have the courage to go against the grain. And have the courage to be happy!"

Pope Francis,

July 28, speech to WYD volunteers, Rio de Janeiro.