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Friar: A Sense of Hope is Growing in Aleppo

Last edited 26th January 2017

Friar: A Sense of Hope is Growing in Aleppo

A Franciscan friar who visited the Syrian city of Aleppo last week has said that the devastation there is beyond what people can imagine.

Fr John Luke Gregory, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Rhodes in Greece, said it was “like a whole suburb of London completely flattened. You can’t imagine the devastation. It’s not just streets – it’s whole areas bombed out.”

Despite that, he said, there was a sense of hope now that the heavy shelling had stopped: “The road sweepers are at work again. There are all these bombed buildings but they are cleaning the streets of litter.”

People had also moved back into the bombed areas, he said. “All round, the buildings might be bombed [but] you’ll see clean washing coming out.

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