Fr Nawras Sammour SJ, Regional Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service Middle East and North Africa (JRS MENA), talks about the humanitarian impact of COVID-19 on those affected by the Syrian conflict and on what gives him hope amidst this crisis.
The challenges posed by COVID-19 in the Global South are daunting. War, poverty, and violence continue to displace millions of people who live in crowded refugee camps with limited services. Syria and its neighbouring countries are highly vulnerable to this disease at this time where over 12 million people have been displaced.
Grounding oneself in hope is critical during this period. Fr Nawras gives an update on how COVID-19 has impacted their work. He also shares how hope sustains him and others as JRS MENA works tirelessly to support and accompany forcibly displaced people in the region.
May 5, 2020