In a $100 million dollar a year programme, Caritas provides food, shelter, healthcare, education, protection and counselling for 1.5 million people. In the last three years the global Church has helped an estimated four million people, investing some $560 million in humanitarian aid.
“Caritas and the Church bears witness to people’s suffering without distinction,” said Bishop Audo. “We have won the respect and solidarity of Muslims in Syria by our actions.”
Syria and its people wait for an end to the war
Caritas has been campaigning through its Syria: Peace is Possible initiative for an end to the fighting, for increased humanitarian aid and to protect human rights, grant safe passage for all those trying to flee the violence.
“Syria and its people wait for an end to the war,” said Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, who has been Caritas Syria president throughout the war. “Peace can only come through a political solution and not a military one.
“Peace must come from within Syria, it cannot be imposed from outside. We need the support of the international community on humanitarian aid and to create an environment for reconciliation.”
Appeal for Syria
Caritas staff helped 1.2 million people affected conflict in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt and aims to expand its life saving aid in 2017.