FOREST, Va. — Dr. Vernon Brewer, president and founder of the Christian humanitarian organization World Help, releases this statement on the unfolding situation in Aleppo, Syria:
“For the past five-and-a-half years Syria has left us speechless. We have witnessed in real time the undoing of a nation. The fate befallen this people lies beyond the ability of any language to describe.
“How do you put into words the dazed look of a child who was just pulled out from under tons of dust and rubble? Or the look of terror in a boy shivering in a hospital blanket after surviving a gas attack?
“How can you describe the emptiness in the eyes of a father whose two children and wife drowned as they threw their hopes in a wild attempt to cross the sea, only to find death in its waves? How can you tell the story of what was once a thriving city, full of life and the sound of chatter, and is now a wreckage of concrete and metal?
“The prolonged suffering these people have lived through has numbed the world. But we cannot remain quiet. We must act now.
“History will surely judge the world’s silence during this terrible tragedy, but it’s never too late to start doing good. We will not be able to recover everything that has been lost, but we can start rebuilding individual lives. We can still bring hope to those who have made it out alive. Please help us help them.”
World Help is delivering food and sleeping bags to the families evacuated from Aleppo city. Individuals can contribute to World Help’s work here. Every donation received until Dec. 24 will be matched up to $100,000.
World Help is a Christian humanitarian organization committed to serving the physical and spiritual needs of people in impoverished communities around the world. It was founded in 1991 by Vernon Brewer.
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