Refugee convoy attack in Syria reminds us why we need to come together and show our support for refugees

Refugees fleeing their homes for safety

These scenes again remind us of the reasons people are fleeing the region and why we are continuing to witness what is possibly the biggest refugee crisis in history. 

At least 109 people are dead after a suicide attack on a refugee convoy outside Aleppo that occurred on Easter Saturday. It is thought at least 80 children are among those slaughtered in the attack.

The residents from al-Foua and Kfraya were being moved into Aleppo in exchange for the relocation of hundreds of Sunni insurgents and their families from government-besieged areas near Damascus.

However a delay in the agreement meant thousands of evacuees were stuck at various transit points outside the city. At this stage it is not clear who orchestrated the attack.

The transfer deal (which involves residents of pro-government villages of al-Foua and Kfraya and the opposition-held towns of Madaya and Zabadani) could see some 30,000 people moved across battle lines over the next couple of months. These four towns have been under siege for years.

The attack is the latest in the unyielding bloodshed the Syrian people are living through. These scenes again remind us of the reasons people are fleeing the region and why we are continuing to witness what is possibly the biggest refugee crisis in history.

At this time of Easter we are again reminded of the sacrifice God made for us and of what he called us to do, providing hope and help to those most in need. JRS Australia wishes to remind our Syrian brothers and sisters that we stand together with them and are committed to providing on the ground assistance to those seeking asylum in Australia.

You can assist us in our mission to provide practical assistance to people seeking asylum in Australia, including members of the Syrian community, by making an Easter donation to JRS today.

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