The pandemic is making life in Syria even more difficult. Syrians can’t get the essentials they need. Plus, the Islamic State is launching a new wave of terror. More about that here.
A few weeks ago, the Syrian government issued a nationwide lockdown. Nuna from Triumphant Mercy Lebanon tells MNN, “Every city is blocked so they can’t even go from a city to a city; the roads are blocked.”
According to Human Rights Watch, the current travel restrictions mean aid workers can’t reach people who need help in northern Syria. Plus, food prices have reached an all-time high; the costs of daily essentials more than doubled in the past 12 months.
“People are just bringing food with trucks and these people who are selling food, they’re putting the prices they want so people can’t afford the bread,” Nuna says.
Fear leads to desperation
Syria had plenty of crises before the pandemic hit. Nine years of war have completely destroyed Syria’s infrastructure and social services, resulting in a massive humanitarian crisis; 80-percent of Syrians live in poverty, Asharq Al-Awsat reports.
Life isn’t much better for those who leave. Over a million Syrian refugees live in Lebanon, where “you have the army locking [refugee] camps and just not allowing people to get out of camp or get into the camp,” Nuna says. Officials put strict orders in place because social distancing isn’t possible in the refugee camps, she explains.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray Jesus will reveal Himself to millions of Syrians displaced by the war and suffering under new hardships brought on by the coronavirus.
- Ask God to intercede and protect Syrian children so they can build a new Syria from the ashes of war.
- Pray Syrian refugees will find the hope and strength they need in Christ.