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Syria: Peace is possible

Peace is possible in Syria. But the world has to step up its efforts and show true willingness to stop the suffering. Join Cordaid and other Caritas member organizations whose aid workers are on the front line, putting the needs of others first. And learn more about what you can do to make peace possible and defeat defeatism.

Day in day out people’s lives are being destroyed in Syria, as the world watches and armed powers continue to wreak unspeakable havoc. Nearly 4.8 million Syrians are stuck in Turkey, Lebanon or Europe, 6.5 million people are displaced inside Syria and over 230.000 people have been killed. Life expectancy in Syria has been shortened by 13 years.

We must work wholeheartedly for an end to the fighting, stop arming extremist groups and get all parties to have dialogue inside Syria.

Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo

“Sea, when will your waves be our home?”

Children drown while trying to reach safer grounds – like 3 year old Aylan Kurdi. They are killed when they stay. Or shell shocked – like 5 year old Omran, the ‘ambulance boy’.

peaceMustapha goes to a local school in Turkey. Caritas Turkey provides free education to refugees. Photo: Caritas / Patrick Nicholson

Here’s part of a poem of 12 year old Mustapha – a refugee in Turkey – that sums up the suffering: “Sea, when will your waves be our home, we can’t find one on land. All countries shut their doors in our faces, just the skies are open to us.” (Read the whole poem)

Cordaid in Syria

Since the beginning of the war Cordaid reached out to thousands of Syrians in need

  • by supporting mobile kitchens that provide thousands of hot meals a day;
  • by shipping, equipping and staffing two mobile clinics – hospitainers – one in Aleppo and one in Homs, giving people free access to life saving medical care in places where other hospitals have been bombed;
  • by helping to set up a candle factory in Homs that provides a job and income to 70 displaced families;
  • and by supporting refugees who fled to Lebanon, Turkey and Europe.

We reached 1.3 million people in 12 months

These efforts are part of a wider humanitarian Caritas effort. Together we have reached 1.3 million people over the last 12 months, with food, healthcare, shelter, education and counselling in Syria and to refugees in host countries. The Caritas family responds quickly, as the war shifts from one area to the next, providing immediate aid. We work with mercy and compassion to uphold the dignity of people of all faiths and those with none.

Give hope to peace

Together with 164 Caritas organizations around the globe Cordaid is campaigning for an immediate end to the violence and suffering. In the words of Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo: “We must work wholeheartedly for a ceasefire, an end to the fighting, stop arming extremist groups and get all parties to have dialogue inside Syria.”

Please help us give hope and support our Peace is possible campaign. You  can do this by joining our call on the international community and governments

  • to back an immediate ceasefire and increase peace efforts in Syria;
  • to promote peaceful coexistence among religious and ethnic communities;
  • to provide humanitarian aid to Syrians in and outside Syria
  • to welcome refugees with dignity as part of our shared humanity.

What you can do

There are many ways to endorse our campaign and make peace possible in Syria.

You can spread the word on social media with the hashtag #peacepossible4Syria. You can support our work with a donation. Or download one of our Peace is Possible posters and display it in your house, school or office. Or you can pray, alone or in your parish or community centre.

Whatever you do, it helps us to give hope.


More about the Peace is Possible campaign.

Read Cordaid’s latest Syria news.