Aleppo (Agenzia Fides) - There were several hundred children of Aleppo, Christians and Muslims, who yesterday, Thursday, October 6, gathered to pray and sing for peace to return in Syria. The gathering was held in the large space in front of the former Franciscan School of the Holy Land. A similar event will be held today in the schools in Damascus, Homs, Yabroud, Tartus. During the meetings, the children will sign a petition to be sent to the European Union and the UN. The appeal for peace, with all the signatures of children and young subscribers, will be delivered in coming days to the representatives of the EU and UN, in the headquarters in Brussels and Geneva, by three Eastern Patriarchs: Greek-Melkite Gregoire III, Greek-Orthodox Yohanna X and Syrian Orthodox Ignatius Aphrem II.
In Aleppo, even on the day of the initiative of children in favor of peace, artillery shells fell in abundance on neighborhoods controlled by the Syrian army, causing deaths and injuries. "For weeks", reports to Agenzia Fides Antoine Audo SJ, Chaldean Bishop of Aleppo, "we are again in a situation of general terror, even though we try to keep public institutions such as universities open. From the neighborhoods controlled by the rebels every day artillery shells launched from sophisticated weapons arrive, which spread death, although the rebels have no planes. Among the Christians alone, in the past two weeks, there have been over twenty deaths. But Western media does not talk about what happens to us. For all of us who are here, all the global media system appears maneuvered by geopolitical interests that manipulate information. Everything becomes an excuse for propaganda. And the role and operations implemented by countries such as Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia continue to be hiden". (GV) (Agenzia Fides 07/10/2016)