Christians and other ordinary citizens in Aleppo, Syria, are struggling daily after being surrounded and besieged on all sides, either by government forces, rebel forces or foreign military intervention.
In an email to advocacy agency Barnabas Fund, sent by its ministry partner in Aleppo during August, the problems were outlined dramatically: ‘The enemy has besieged the rebels … the rebels attacked us and occupied the main road [the supply route of Aleppo] and we were besieged for 10 days. And because of this, the government … surrounded the rebels and [we have] been besieged totally’.
According to Barnabas Fund, which is promoting its special Syria appeal, Aleppo’s citizens are desperate for even fresh water and electricity. A statement said: ‘Facing tragedy every day, destitute and without reliable supplies of food, medicines, water or electricity, our ministry partner in Aleppo paints a grim picture of the constant danger with which the Christians trapped in Aleppo have to live.
‘As our ministry partner reported the previous week, “the situation here, as you may have been hearing and seeing, is unbearable. Totally besieged, no in or out, thousands of people stuck outside and hundreds inside planning to travel. No food, no fuel, no water, no electricity, even the generators are working less”.’
Fuel and food are increasingly scarce. Young children are suffering the most; the shops no longer stock milk, and it now sells on the black market for up to ten times the usual price. Many Christians are amongst the remaining residents.
Barnabas Fund has been assisting Christians in Aleppo with food, water and other basics since their city was first besieged in this long-running civil war.