Damascus, Syria, Oct 6, 2016 / 12:02 pm
This week, children at more than 2,000 schools across Syria are drawing images of peace and writing messages to the political decision-makers of the European Union and the United Nations under the motto "Peace for Children." More than one million children are also signing a petition.
This appeal for peace is a joint campaign sponsored by Catholic and Orthodox Christians in Syria, while all religious communities have been invited to take part.
Children of all Christian denominations in Damascus, Homs, Yabroud, Aleppo, Marmarita, and Tartus are marking today as the Action Day for Peace. They are expressing their desire for peace through songs, dances, theatrical performances, prayers and other activities. Several children in Aleppo will also talk about their personal experiences.
Sister Annie Demerjian, one of the local organizers of the event, said: "When a child talks about losing his father, for example, we will follow it up by praying for all children in Syria who have lost parents or siblings."