All the humanitarian aid that was assembled thanks to the funds raised by RF confessions will be delivered to Syria on June 22
The humanitarian aid assembled thanks to the raised funds from Russian religious communities will be delivered to the Syrian city of Latakia on June 22. Later the aid will be distributed among Syrian towns, Hieromonk Stephan (Igumnov), the secretary of the Department of Foreign Church Communications of the Moscow Patriarchate on Inter-Christian relations informed RIA News.
In April 2017 the Presidential Committee of Interaction with Religious Communities of the RF established the inter-religious working group to provide humanitarian aid to the Syrian population. The group included representatives of Christian confessions and Muslim communities of Russia.
“The cargo will be dispatched from Moscow June 22 on the board of the Defense Ministry. It will be delivered to Latakia. Later the cargo will be transported across Syria to Aleppo and some other places. The distribution of the aid will take place either on June 23 or June 24 if everything is on schedule” – said Igumnov.
20,000 kg of food products and medical supplies for emergencies will be delivered to Syria. The representative of the Russian Orthodox Church emphasized that it is only the first part.
“The raised sum is bigger than the amount we’ve spent for the first delivery. Roughly speaking, we filled in one plane but there is more money, so there will be other deliveries” – he explained.
At the same time, according to the secretary of the Department of Foreign Church Communications, a round table will be organized June 23 in Beirut, Lebanon, with participation of members of the inter-religious working group and representatives of local confessions “where the parties will discuss the upcoming projects”.
Hieromonk said that each confession was raising money for the humanitarian aid on their own. “As for the Russian Orthodox Church, I can say that in May His Holiness Patriarch Kirill gave his blessing for the funds which Moscow parishes were going to spend on flowers for the Name Day of His Holiness to be transferred to the designated bank account for this action. That sum was the initial amount raised by the Russian Orthodox Church” – said the man.
Magne Barth, Head of the regional delegation in Russia, Belorussia and Moldavia of the International Committee of the Red Cross, informed earlier that Syria feels the great need for humanitarian aid which currently is greater than the possibilities of all the international organizations that work in the country. According to Barth, at present the humanitarian operation of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Syria is the biggest one among corresponding missions of the Red Cross. According to his data, refugees take about a half of the Syrian population, including internally displaced persons.
Based on RIA News materials