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Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo
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Western sanctions against the Syrian government have plunged the country’s people into abject poverty but have left the Assad regime unaffected – according to a leading bishop from Aleppo.

Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need, Melkite Greek Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo condemned the sanctions as counter-productive.
He said: “The sanctions have no result other than making people suffer and become poor and miserable. They will have no effect on the government and their policies, because the government is away from the effects of the sanctions.”
Calling for an end to the sanctions, Archbishop Jeanbart said: “I would like to see the sanctions lifted because they are harming our people and abusing our country.”

He added: “People no longer have enough food, fuel, gas to heat their homes, and electricity.”
“Always, this has been a very hard time for the Syrian people facing these sanctions. The Syrian currency no longer has any value and they cannot eat.”

Since the conflict in Syria began in 2011, ACN has provided emergency aid for Syria, offering food baskets, milk and medicine as well as meeting basic living costs, including heating and lighting, prioritising the poorest, the sick and the elderly.

ACN is committed to helping Christians to stay in the country, amid reports of a sharp decline in faithful, many of whom have fled persecution as well as dire poverty.

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