In Syria major world powers are playing "a football game" in which "the Syrian people" is used as a "ball".
Those fighting are
"destroying" infrastructure, buildings, factories and "crushing" people
with their "big shoes", writes Sandra Awad.
The 39-years-old married
mother of two children, is in charge of communications for Caritas Syria. She sent an appeal in a letter to AsiaNews for International Day of Peace.
Listing the tragedies caused by the war, the spokeswoman for the
Catholic charity, which plays a leading role in helping victims, notes
that the one thing that really matters to people is peace.
all dream of a day when we wake up in the morning to find out that the
fighting between us has stopped, and that we don’t need to be afraid
anymore from the big shoes of the football players, as the game is
Established on 30 September 1981 by the General Assembly of the
United Nations, the International Day of Peace is celebrated every year
on 21 September. According to the UN, this is supposed to be a day for
peace and non-violence, in which nations and people at war are called to
cease hostilities at least for the whole day. This is why it is also
known as the ‘day of ceasefire’. Here is the appeal by the head of
communications for Caritas.
Dear Partners and friends,
When we hear the news talking about the truces made between countries
about Syria, or the decision of some countries to support some armed
groups inside, or the agreements of ceasefire made by foreign
governments, or training and sending more fighters to Syria, or the
foreign fighting airplanes flying in our sky without permission, we
always feel ourselves watching a football game between the big powers of
the world on the Syrian land and using the Syrian ball “the Syrian
Unfortunately, what is happening during this game is that the players
are destroying with their big shoes while playing the infrastructure,
buildings, factories and are crushing the Syrian people, especially the
poor ones who became the majority.
After almost six years of war, we as Syrians are exhausted. This war
is not only destroying our country, but it is destroying our souls from
inside. The war knocked every door in Syria, entered every house, and
left behind its traces everywhere, and in every heart….
War made most of us displaced in our own country after we lost all our belongings, our childhood memories and our past….
War let us feel insecure all the time even if we are in our own houses…
War made most of us poor, not being able to buy life necessities or bread for children…
War entered our families from inside, splitting them apart, and causing disintegration…
War made education an unreachable dream for our children and youth…
War made our streets full of homeless people, especially the small ones, the children…
War closed the foreign companies, embassies, destroyed our factories and left most of us without work…
War is increasing the prices of goods and the burden of our lives every day…
War deprived us from electricity, medication and clean water, and took us back to the Stone Age…
War made us shrive during winter without being able to heat ourselves or our children…
War is forcing us every day to say goodbye to our beloved ones who decided to immigrate, especially our young people…
War left our elderlies without anyone to take care of, without dignity in their last period of life…
War let the fighting game be the most amusing one for our children;
it entered their discussions, their way of thinking, their playing and
hurt their innocent childhood…
The list is very long of the war results on us, and our needs are
huge now, especially during this time of the year. The winter is coming,
and the schools began recently, which press economically on every
Unfortunately, without our support as Caritas, and the other active
NGOs in Syria, a lot of families cannot survive anymore. A lot of
families are depending on us, and we always feel that our support is
like a drop of water in front of all this thirst. We offer food,
medication, rent allowance, clothes, education support, elderly support,
and psycho-social support through our projects, but when we ask our
beneficiaries about their most urgent need, we mostly will hear this
All of us need peace to be able to rebuild ourselves, our lives, and
our country. We all dream of a day when we wake up in the morning to
find out that the fighting between us has stopped, and that we don’t
need to be afraid anymore from the big shoes of the football players, as
the game is over…
* In charge of communications for Caritas Syria