Peace activists raise fund for war-victim children of Aleppo

Peace activists coming from different Muslim organizations and volunteers in Socsargen Area raise fund to help the war-victim children of Aleppo, Syria suffering from the prolonged armed conflict between the Syrian armed forces and rebel groups who seek to oust the incumbent Syrian president.

With the military offensive by Syrian Army on Aleppo since November 26, 2016 with Russian air support, the Syrian government were able to recapture 90 percent of the eastern part of Aleppo. 

However, the offensive campaign of the Syrian forces has caused much destruction and deaths among the civilian populace forcing the survivors to leave their places. 

Reports say that as war ruins the country millions of Syrian fled abroad seeking refuge from other states.

“We are hundreds of miles away but what makes us nearer is the love, the concern and the prayer that we will be offering them, said Jocelyn Lambac-Kanda, a renowned peace advocate from General Santos City who leads the fundraising activities for Aleppo.

Kanda, together with her colleagues in the Young Moro Professionals Council and Concerned Muslim Individuals initiated the Singko para sa Aleppo drive. 

They placed donation boxes in some Muslim restaurants and establishments where donors can drop their Sadaqa (alm) for the suffering children of Aleppo.

The volunteers also reached out partner organizations, schools and friends who want to extend help for the war-victims.

To raise public awareness on the situation of children in Syria, the peace activists together with the delegates of Young Muslim Leaders Congress –Philippines who gathered on December 26-30 at Mindanao State University-Gensan, held a peace rally inside the campus on December 29 calling for prayer and financial support to the Syrian war victims.

“We need to inform our friends about the difficult situation of our Ummah in Syria,” Kanda said. “We are here for humanity and we do these not for ourselves but for the Almighty Allah,” she added.

The peace advocate stressed,” Saving humanity knows no religion, no country and it knows no boundary.”

“They do not have food, shelter and don’t have families to look after them,” she said and added, “Let us look at people below us and you will realize how blessed we are,” Kanda added.