A young Christian girl prays in the Our Lady of the Holy Belt Syriac Orthodox Church, Homs, at the start of a summer camp supported by ACN (©Ismael Martinez Sanchez / Aid to the Church in Need)
EVER-DEEPENING economic crisis – on top of 10 years of war – has triggered a new emergency in Syria where millions of people are desperately short of food and shelter.

The United Nations has declared that, “after a decade of crisis, life is harder than ever” for many Syrians.

In response, Church leaders are renewing pleas for aid from ACN. Thanking you for helping the faithful through the dark days of war, our leading Syria project partner Sister Annie Demerjian told us:
“Many people are close to starving. Only the other day, I saw children scavenging for food in rubbish bins.”
Economic meltdown, made worse by sanctions and COVID-19, means that, according to the UN, 12.4 million people – 60 percent of Syrians – lack “regular access to enough... nutritious food” – up 4.5 million on the year before.

The reports also state that more than 500,000 children under five suffer from stunted growth caused by malnutrition.

With Daesh (ISIS) now defeated and many NGOs pulling back partly because of the pandemic, one ACN project partner said: “Who can we turn to but you at ACN?”

ACN is redoubling its efforts – prioritising food and milk, shelter and rent, medicine and clothes.
Read more here.
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Sister Annie's Message
Sister Annie Demerjian is a leading ACN project partner in Syria active in Aleppo, Damascus, Maaloula, Hassake, providing emergency food, shelter, clothes and other urgent items. This week, she has provided an exclusive message to ACN benefactors, many of whom she knows from her series of visits to the UK.  Listen to her message here.
DR Congo: Abducted Sister is released

A nun who was kidnapped last week in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been set free. Her community, the Daughters of the Resurrection, told Aid to the Church in Need that Sister Francine is traumatised but physically unharmed. Read more here.
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Crochet Fish Bookmark / Crochet Cross Bookmark from Syria
These delicate hand-made cotton crochet bookmarks come directly from Syria. Purchasing these bookmarks will help Sister Annie continue to support the craftspeople who make them. Some have now returned to their homes in Aleppo but they continue to need our help. Buy them here and here.
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