TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - You've likely seen the devastation the civil war in the Middle Eastern country of Syria is causing.
The Archbishop of Damascus spoke to the Syrian population in Terre Haute, giving us an insider's view of what's happening in that, now, war-torn country.
In Syria, devastation is everywhere. The conflict has killed 80,000. The once-home of refugees now finds 1.5 million of its people, including nearly half of its children, to be themselves refugees.
Archbishop Jean Kawak of Damascus said, "I'm sorry to say that those neighboring countries who are receiving money to help the refugees, they are not spending everything to help those refugees."
Kawak refutes claims the Christian church is pro-government. He says the church is not taking any sides. He says his main goal is peace in his homeland. This is why he's unsure of the US Government's decision to help arm the rebels.
"With arms, we cannot reach any peaceful agreement," he said.
Kawak says the Christian church in Syria works to help anyone in need and says the best way Americans can help his country is to pray for them.
"We need to pray," concluded the Archbishop. "We need to have hope, and we need to believe that the Almighty God is here and will help us."
Kawak says if the conflict in Syria lasts another year, his fear is there may not be a country left to fight for.
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