I picked this up from my friend John L. Allen, the nearly ubiquitous and normally fair-minded prolific writer, alas still writing for the über-liberal Fishwrap. My emphases.
The Catholic Near East Welfare Association — among the largest the providers of aid to Christians in Syria, if not the largest — has launched an emergency appeal to help Christian refugees get through the winter. The idea is to deliver “Winter Survival Kits” to 2,000 families at a cost of $210 each.
Issam Bishara, a representative of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association in Lebanon, told me Monday that because Syria’s Christians generally have not headed for massive refugee camps in Turkey or Jordan, they’re not getting help from international relief agencies. Fearing exposure to further hostility, they’ve headed to other parts of Syria and to Lebanon, taking refuge with families and friends, but in many cases, those folks are running out of food, water, heating oil and other supplies.
Bottom line: Without help, it’s likely to be a long, cold and deadly winter.
Readers wishing to support the CNEWA appeal can find information and an online donation form here.
I am not sure about today, but in the past the CNEWA was run competently. It is under the aegis of the Holy See. I am confident that it is also good today.