Barnabas Aid tells the story of a Christian family in Syria who fled their home in Homs after receiving death threats and is now facing great financial hardship as their daughter recovers from gunshot wounds. “The story of this family of five from Homs is all too typical of what has happened to the Christian community during the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad,” Barnabas Aid reports.
7/12/2012 Syria (Barnabas Aid) – Driven from their home by armed opposition fighters who threatened to kill them, suffering great financial hardship after losing their income, a daughter recovering from a gunshot wound: the plight of this one Christian family highlights the human cost of the ongoing conflict in Syria.
The story of this family of five from Homs is all too typical of what has happened to the Christian community during the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.
Their home is now occupied by opposition fighters, who have either looted or destroyed most of their furniture, forcing them to rent an unfurnished two-bedroom apartment in a Christian village in the suburbs of Homs.
They are struggling to make ends meet: the father lost his job in Homs and went to Damascus for work but after two months was laid off again; the mother ran a small ladies’ accessories shop in Homs but had to leave this behind when the family was driven out of the city; their oldest daughter works two days a week, travelling to an office in Tartus, but her wages do not even cover her transport costs.
The youngest daughter is a student, but her education has been curtailed because none of the colleges in Homs is still functioning.
The middle daughter is recovering after being shot in the arm by the opposition fighters; the wound is expected to leave a major scar.
Barnabas Fund is helping Christian families like this one, whose lives have been destroyed by the conflict in Syria, with food parcels, medicine, money for rent, and other essentials.
You can help by sponsoring a Christian family for just £18 a month.