Priest laments that economic sanctions are preventing post-war recovery and reconstruction in Syria

Syria Damage to the neighborhood near the Melkite Greek Catholic Church in Aleppo, Syria | Madonna Ewaz/ACI MENA

Father Hugo Alaniz, an Argentine missionary of the Institute of the Incarnate Word in Aleppo, Syria, called for an end to the economic sanctions against the nation which he says have prevented the country from recovering from the ravages of war and earthquakes.

Alaniz was one of the presenters at the Night of the Witnesses, an event held in Mexico organized by the Pontifical Foundation Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

In a March 7 interview in Mexico City with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, the missionary stressed that Syria is going through a “very sad economic situation.”

"The economic blockade is causing great suffering today," said the priest, who also lamented that "people don't have jobs and those who work have very low salaries."

"Families at this time need to be helped by other institutions outside the country and by the Church," he said.

Alaniz noted that Christians in Syria "appreciate this help, but what we want is for the country to recover on its own."

Father Hugo Alaniz, an Argentine missionary of the Institute of the Incarnate Word in Aleppo, Syria, called for an end to the economic sanctions against the nation. ACI Prensa
Father Hugo Alaniz, an Argentine missionary of the Institute of the Incarnate Word in Aleppo, Syria, called for an end to the economic sanctions against the nation. ACI Prensa

Since 2011, the United States and the European Union, among others, have imposed various economic sanctions on Syria in an effort to weaken the current regim