Syrian refugee who escaped Aleppo helps build new Jesuit website

It had become more and more difficult to live in Aleppo, to move around safely...

Our small-lamp factory, which my two brothers and I, together with my father, had built, was bombed and destroyed twice when the ISIS took control of the city and its surroundings. We produced mainly bedside lamps. I did the design on the computer. We had a large number of models but especially lamps in the form of statues. We no longer had the means to rebuild in the context of the war, so we were reduced to living on charity; JRS helped us at the time. We also knew Jesuits like Fr. Sami Hallak, who is well known for the help he and the Jesuits gave to families in need in Aleppo.

After three years living in the midst of war, we chose to flee to Lebanon. We went into exile in Lebanon with almost nothing. I was able to work in San Antonio monestary, where a priest put me in touch with the "Humanitarian Corridor" project of the Sant'Egidio community in Rome. There was still a slot for a family, and that allowed us to come to Italy...

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