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Updated: Nov 15, 2020


A Prayer for Syrian Refugees

Good and Gracious God,

Our lives are heavy with the sadness of this migrant crisis. Are we not all migrants? Our major thrust Lord is that of fleeing and finding. We are fleeing from an unsafe and unhappy​place to a place of resolve so the families can live in peace. Find us, Lord, this place for our Syrian brothers and sisters. A place of rest and concern for each other. .According to Turkey, Lord, the Syrians launched an armed struggle against the Turkish government in the 1980s in a bid to form an independent Kurdish state within Turkey — is a terrorist organization. Why did the death of its soldiers push Turkey to act? Turkey, which agreed on a deal with Brussels to limit the number of EU-bound migrants in 2016, has long threatened to let refugees head for Europe. But experts say the death of its soldiers in Idlib was the straw that broke the camel’s back as Turkey’s concerns built up. So, why did it act now? Firstly, it wants to draw international attention to the crisis in Idlib, which it fears could send a fresh influx of refugees into Turkey, according to Sinan Ulgen, a former Turkish diplomat and expert with Carnegie Europe. But it also considers Brussels to have reneged on the 2016 deal and wants guarantees the EU will continue funding the hosting of refugees on its territory. Other experts say Turkey wants the EU to pressure Russia to stop supporting Syrian government troops and agree to a ceasefire. Lord, we need a cease-fire. Hear our prayers Lord and assist us in our sorrow. Around 90 percent of refugees in Turkey are from Syria and they are treated well compared to others. Let us treat all others as we would our families, Lord

by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism



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