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SYRIA UPDATE: LONG-AWAITED PEACE TALKS ON 22 JANUARY

SYRIA UPDATE: LONG-AWAITED PEACE TALKS ON 22 JANUARY – 15 Jan 2014

Aged just 12, Mirah* already knows more about the horrors of war than many of us will in a lifetime.

Growing up in the city of Homs in western Syria, she attended school and played with her two brothers.

However, as the conflict escalated Mirah’s childhood changed beyond recognition. Her brothers were forced to flee the country after being arrested and tortured. Soon after this, her family home was bombed during a night of attacks on the city.

Mirah was separated from her parents and helped across the mountains into Lebanon by some of the other survivors. She was sure she had lost her mother and father forever.

Amazingly, sometime later Mirah was reunited with her parents in a camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Tearfund partner Heart for Lebanon is now providing them with monthly food and hygiene packages, along with supportive follow-up visits.

Mirah’s family is very grateful for this support, which is helping them survive the harsh winter. But it isn’t a long-term solution.

With the conflict in Syria still raging, families like Mirah’s are hoping that the upcoming Geneva II peace talks will signal the start of a positive change.

  • Give thanks that the peace talks are still on track for 22 January. Pray that all parties will attend and ask God to help those present to find a workable solution to the conflict.
  • Pray for those in Syria affected by the worsening fighting as parties try to gain ground ahead of the talks.
  • Pray for refugees and displaced people like Mirah as they face the additional hardships of a cold winter.

More church and individual prayer resources for Syria Peace Talks.

*Name has been changed to protect identity.

Photo above: Lebanon camp, photographer: Eleanor Bentall / Tearfund

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