Pope Francis urges governments to find a political solution to the war in Syria. His message is part of the ‘Syria: Peace is Possible’ campaign of Caritas Internationalis.
“Everyone has to recognize that there is no military solution for Syria, only a political one,” said the Pope in a specially recorded video released on July 5th. He urgently asks the international community to support peace talks and the building of a national unity government. And he invites those who are involved in the peace talks to facilitate access to humanitarian aid in Syria.
Pope Francis also reminds governments and world leaders that involvement in the billion dollar arms trade is not conducive to peace. “While people suffer, an incredible amount of money is being spent on giving weapons to fighters. Some of the countries providing these arms are also those talking of peace. How can one believe in those who caress you with the right hand while hitting you with the left?”
Campaign image of Caritas Internationalis
Caritas urges its supporters around the world to pressure their governments to:
- ensure all sides of the conflict come together to find a peaceful solution;
- support the millions of people affected by the war;
- give Syrians in- and outside the country dignity and hope.
5 years of war in Syria
The work of Caritas
Cordaid is a founding member of Caritas Internationalis. Together with other family members of the network we provide food, healthcare, basic needs, education, shelter, counselling, protection and livelihoods in Syria and to refugees in host countries such as Lebanon. Last year alone Caritas organizations reached 1.3 million people. Our response to the war in Syria is the largest Caritas relief operation in the world.
Find out more about ‘Syria: Peace is Possible’ or follow the campaign on Twitter #peacepossible4Syria @iamCaritas