More than 1.3 million Syrians have fled the war-torn country, according to the latest figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Syria is over two million.
People that are staying in their embattled cities are in need of assistance. Open Doors is helping more than 3,000 families spread all over Syria in partnership with local churches. The Alliance Church in Damascus is one of them.
Open Doors recently spoke with Alliance Church pastor Edward Awabdeh. “The fighting gets closer and closer to where the church is located,” he says. “Many people see no light at the end of the tunnel. Things are getting worse, with more fighting and bloodshed.”
Since April 2012, Open Doors, working along side Alliance Church, has been supporting many Christian families. Open Doors is helping facilitate food supplies, medical assistance and sometimes financial support by paying the rent of apartments for temporary shelter for the homeless.
Refugees that come to Damascus often arrive with only the clothes they can carry. There is no work and no income for them. Many families rent an apartment together with one or two other families to share the costs.