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Caritas Czech Republic has helped in Syria since the spring 2012, when public collection began to help the victims of the civil war that occurred after the violent suppression of peaceful anti-government protests in March 2011. At that time, a wave of riots spread throughout the country.

Thanks to funds gathered by the public collection Caritas Czech Republic can continue to esure the supply of food and material assistance to residents in Damascus and in the north of the country, and also to refugees forced to leave the country. In addition to providing humanitarian aid to Syria, Caritas also focuses on Jordan, where large numbers of refugees have fled.

Information about humanitarian aid in 2015 (both in English and Czech) here.

"All my memories about Raqqa are wonderful," said Rabba Lissa

Rabba Lissa is strong woman (photo: Patrick Nicholson/Caritas).

"Life in Raqqa used to be good We had sheep, some land, water. When the problems with ISIS started there, we left for Damascus. We managed to get out before they cut the roads. All my memories about Raqqa are wonderful. ISIS are not good. They stole our land, they killed people. By the time we’d left, there were no jobs left. People were very afraid. We sold our properties and left. Now the house and the farm land have been completely destroyed by the bombing," said Rabba Lissa (60). Read more HERE.

Abeer Al Hasan still believe in a future of Syria

Abeer Al Hasan (photo: Patrick Nicholson/Caritas Internationalis).

“We had to leave our home because of the fighting. My husband passed away seven months ago. He stepped on a landmine near his factory. When I got the call there had been an accident, I went straight away to the hospital. I didn’t see him as they’d already buried the body. I was in shock. I couldn’t stop crying," said Abeer Al Hasan, mother of two children. Read more HERE.

"We survived because we ran on time"

Badia and her only daughter (photo: Patrick Nicholson/CI).

“ISIS took control of my suburb in Aleppo, there was terrible suffering. ISIS men controlled everything to buy. It became very expensive. People were being killed in their homes in Aleppo. If a woman wore green or red, they would attack her. If she was beautiful, they would take her and rape her and use her as a slave. Our neighbour was taken, and when she didn’t come back the husband killed himself," said Badia Mehmid (35), mother of nine children. Read all story on a Patrick Nicholson´s photo gallery HERE.

Six years in Syria

Six years in Syria.

The war in Syria began on 15 March 2011. Six years later, the country has been left devastated. Caritas works both inside Syria, in neighbouring countries which host the bulk of the refugees and across Europe where hundreds of thousands have fled in search of safety.

Caritas Internationalis website: 6 years of war in Syria

War in Syria lasts 6 years (photo: Patrick Nicholson/Caritas).

The war in Syria began on 15 March 2011. Six years later, the country has been left devastated. “We appeal for peace,” said Caritas Syria President Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo. “We need peace and reconciliation. Peace is possible in Syria!” Caritas Internationalis published a new website dedicated to the crisis. See it HERE.

The Lost Children of Aleppo

All the siblings.

While carrying out community visits in war-torn East Aleppo, Caritas found six children living on their own in a half destroyed house. Mohammed, 12, Hanna, 10, Ibrahim, 9, Doha, 6, Zakaria, 5, Yamen, 9 months had been rescued by neighbours from their previous home when it had been hit by a bomb.

No water in Damascus hitting hard

Damascus residents worry to get enough water to drink after their water supply was cut off (photo: Caritas Syria).

“We are back to the stone age”. That’s what a Syrian in Damascus would tell you if you ask him about the situation. The Syrian capital suffers from long electricity cuts and gas and oil shortages. People have no means of heating during these cold winter days. What makes the situation catastrophic however is a water crisis. Read more on caritas.org.

Warm clothes for Syria in winter

Walaa Al-Halabi, 25, received voucher from Caritas Syria. “In this difficult time, we need all kind of support, but what we need most is security, to be able to go back to our houses and get back our dignity,” she said (photo: Caritas Syria).

Winter in Syria can be harsh. The temperatures remain below zero for long stretches. The cold plummets to as low as -11. Most people can’t protect themselves. They don’t have money to buy warm clothes, stoves or blankets. Rising fuel costs make survival all the more difficult. Read more on caritas.org.

Never Christmas in Syria

Fatimah (6) and her new shoes, bought with Caritas voucher (photo: Caritas Syria).

At times it seems it is always winter, never Christmas in Syria. For half a decade the people have suffered from the cruel winds of war. Millions are without homes. Even those with shelter have no heating or electricity. Our own Caritas staff burn their furniture to stay warm. Those schools still open can’t afford fuel – the children are wrapped up in heavy blankets as they sit at their desks. Read more on caritas.org.

We are all with Aleppo

"Peace is possible" campaign in Syria.

Caritas Internationalis is renewing its call for peace in Syria. The Syrian government is now in control of East Aleppo. There is international concern over the plight of the 250,000 civilians who were thought to remain in there. Caritas is making emergency funds available to provide aid to those caught in the conflict in Aleppo. Caritas is calling for an immediate end to the conflict, that humanitarian aid reaches those in need and that the lives of civilians are protected. Read more on caritas.org.