Category: Syria


Future of Christianity at Sake

Christian families are leaving Syria en masse because of growing societal problems, such as extreme poverty and an education system in crisis, Archbishop Jacques Mourad (in photo) of Homs told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

Brain Drain Is The Other Face Of The Crisis

Late last year, the World Health Organization said all of the country’s nine psychiatrists and more than half the doctors in Homs had left the country. Clinics run by the Syrian Arab Red Crescent are short of surgeons and other medical experts. As the Syrian conflict entered its third year, the number of refugees surpassed one million. Observers worry the “brain drain” will affect Syria’s long–term future. “These skills are much needed for rebuilding Syria tomorrow,” Nouicer said.  While Syria has been affected by the departure of educated people for decades due to lack of economic opportunities and political freedom, the conflict has increased the shortages of doctors, engineers, teachers and lawyers to unprecedented levels. “One of the most alarming features of the conflict has been the use of medical care as a tactic of war,” the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria wrote in a recent report. “Medical personnel and hospitals have been deliberately targeted and are treated by parties to the conflict as military objectives.”  Many professionals have had difficulty getting visas to Europe and the Gulf states, and have instead ended up in refugee camps in neighboring countries, where aid agencies are trying to make use of their skills through community mobilization and cash–for–work programs in the camps’ schools and health centers. Others have decided to stay to try to address the needs in their country.   

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