Kati Woronka – Dreams in the Medina

I recommend to you today a book. It is written by a friend. Not a close friend, but a friend nevertheless, and a lady I appreciate and respect a lot. It is a book about Syria and it is worth reading at this time when this country is a lot in the media. Find below the presentation of the book as you can find it on the Amazon website (the book also exists in KIndle form). And, please, remember Syria in your prayers.

Kati Woronka - Dreams in the Medina

Kati Woronka – Dreams in the Medina

From the heart of Syria, Dreams in the Medina is a coming-of-age tale which explores the aspirations, passions and tragedies of a group of young Syrian women, who on the surface seem to have nothing in common but who are brought together in the deepest of bonds as they study and live together at the University of Damascus.

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Sectarian Aspects of Syrian Uprising

Sectarian Aspects of Syrian Uprising.

This new Sightings edition talks about shifts in the sectarian dimensions of the Syrian conflict. A most appropriate topic now when we enter the fourth year of deadly conflict that claimed the lives of over 150,000 people.

WVI – Our Uncertain Future: A Report Written by the Children of Syria

Meg Sattler, Regional Communications Manager, WVI Syria Crisis Response sits with a refugee family in Jordan

Many years from now, when we look back upon the Syrian conflict with a collective sense of grief, it will be the children we will think of first. As the violence enters its fourth year, an entire generation of children is suffering the brutal consequences of atrocities and global inaction. In neighbouring countries, more than 1.2 million children are struggling to survive as refugees; navigating insecurity, social tensions and educational barriers as they try to remain strong for themselves, their friends and their families.   Continue reading “WVI – Our Uncertain Future: A Report Written by the Children of Syria”

Pray for Syrian Children!

They have fled to Armenia because of the war in Syria and tell how it is to live in a country at war. “The war should stop. People should lead their normal life and those who want to return to Syria should be able to do that”, says Zheni, 16.

This video was produced by World Vision Armenia, in support of the world prayer initiative for Syrian children, now, at three years since the beginning of the conflict in Syria.

How Things Would Look Like if the Syrian War Would Take Place in the West

It is already THREE years since the war started in Syria, with millions in internal and external refugees, most of them women and children. Are you aware of this? Or it is too far away for you to even care about it?

Here is a little clip that tries to drive this reality closer to home, showing us – I have to say, in very sanitised images –  how things would look if the war took place, say, in Europe. Watch, think, and act! You may at least say a prayer, organise a vigil, sign a petition, give for the relief effort.

A young girl’s life gets turned upside-down in this tragic second a day video. Could this ever happen in the UK? This is what war does to children. Find out more HERE and HERE.

No Lost Generation – A Campaign for Syrian Children

No Lost Generation

Sign HERE the petition.

‘No Lost Generation’ is a comprehensive strategy designed to support the education and protection of children affected by the conflict in Syria, mobilizing resources and implementing critical initiatives on the ground to equip children with the skills and provide the psychological support needed for them to help shape a better, peaceful future for Syria and the region. The public campaign inspires advocates to be champions for the #childrenofsyria, drawing renewed attention to the need to stop the violence and suffering for children, ensure humanitarian access and respect for humanitarian law, and invest in protection, education and peacebuilding with children. Learn more HERE.

Brian O’Neel – Middle-East Christians. Faith Under Fire

Maloola, ancient Christian Aramaic city in Syria, which was plundered by rebel forces

Despite daunting challenges in predominantly Muslim societies, many followers of Jesus continue to bear brave witness to their faith.

SEDNAYA, Syria — Many know of the mythical Phoenix, the bird legend said to have the power to regenerate itself from the ashes of its predecessor in a Middle-Eastern desert. Given the incredible persecution faced by contemporary Christians in the same region, an analogy between the faithful in the Middle East and the mythological fowl might seem unlikely.

However, Christian leaders insist the Church in some Arab-speaking lands is indeed resurrecting out of the cinders of its burned houses of worship, the beheaded bodies of its faithful and the long-standing discrimination it has faced since Islam violently wrested this part of the world from Christendom, beginning in the seventh century. Continue reading “Brian O’Neel – Middle-East Christians. Faith Under Fire”