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Marists continue to support Syrians

16/05/2017: Lebanon

The Marists in Lebanon continue helping Syrian refugees, particularly through the Fratelli Project in Rmeileh.

A group of Syrian youths went to the Lebanese town of Rmeileh to spend Easter alongside a group of Lebanese university students and the Brothers who run the Fratelli Project.

Their testimonies revealed outstanding courage.

“As a professional dancer, I have had job offers in Beirut. But I'm still here in Aleppo, working with the children. I believe that God wants me here helping others overcome traumas with dance. Dance is a language that does not need translation,” stated Hikmat during his visit.

“I have always been a traditional Christian, going to Mass and praying, but I realised that that is not enough. I had to show people that Jesus is alive. And I keep trying through music and dance,” added the 25-year-old.

Another girl, Khatoun, from Rafqa, told how ISIS followed her friend home for not wearing the Muslim veil. When they were going to take her, her father said he wanted to say goodbye to her, took her to a room and killed her, so that she would not suffer and be killed by the terrorists.

The testimonies of these youths are in English and Spanish. Click here to listen to an interview with Brother José María Ferre, who lives in Beirut and who accompanied the Syrian youths in their visit to Lebanon.

To help the Blue Marists in Aleppo contact FMSI.

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