Caritas Cyprus takes part in a simple and strong symbolic action as the war in Syria enters its 7th year

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On 15 March 2017, the conflict in Syria will enter its seventh year. The situation in Syria and the surrounding region is the most severe human rights and humanitarian crisis in the world. It has created unprecedented suffering for the Syrian population and a wave of displaced persons both internally and externally: 7 million internally displaced and 4 million refugees.

Caritas Internationalis has been campaigning for an end to the war through the Syria: Peace is Possible Campaign. On Saturday 11 March 2017, Caritas Cyprus supported the campaign by participating in a local action of solidarity.

Members of all faith communities and nationalities gathered to show that peace is possible in Syria. Refugees, migrants, and Cypriots of all ages placed their handprint on a common banner to demonstrate that although we are all different, our hands are indistinguishable from each other. We are all one.

“Peace seems an insurmountable challenge,” said Melissa Chedid, Manager of Caritas Cyprus, “yet, inspired by our faith and our values, we believe that everyone can do something, especially aiding those suffering from the conflict in our own communities.”

Caritas Cyprus Migrant Sector works with migrants and refugees on the grassroots level to provide shelter, legal services, and social support to meet their basic needs. Caritas Cyprus is part of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations dedicated to ending poverty, promoting justice, and restoring dignity.  

If you’d like to get involved or learn more about the work of Caritas Cyprus please call 22662606 or find us on social media at

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