Aleppo, Syria, Jan 31, 2019 / 03:36 am
As the people of Syria work to rebuild the cities, hospitals, homes, and schools that were destroyed through years of conflict, they also face a more difficult task, according to one Syrian Catholic sister: repairing broken hearts.
"It is easy to rebuild a house, but it is difficult to rebuild a broken soul," said Sister Annie Demerjian, of the Community of Jesus and Mary.
The Syrian sister, who has remained in Aleppo throughout the nearly 8-year Syrian Civil War, told CNA that there is a great need for psychological healing from the trauma and anguish her people have suffered during the conflict.
"It is very hard to lose someone, harder when the death [is] not in a normal way -- either by killing or by bombs or persecution," Demerjian said.