KNAYE AND YACOUBIEH
The villages of the Orontes isolated and destroyed
In the terrible magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Syria and Turkey on the morning of February 6, 2023, a large part of the villages of Knaye and Yacoubieh in Idlib province was destroyed. The 2 Franciscan convents were also partially destroyed or suffered heavy damage.
Since the outbreak of the war,convents have been fundamental points of reference for help and reception for communities living in terrible conditions due to the jihadist occupation and are completely isolated (from 2022 it is not possible to leave or enter the province of Idlib).
For this reason, together with the supply of basic necessities and the reconstruction of houses, it is essential to rebuild these places that are physical and moral support and refuge for those who have nothing left.
SUPPORT THE VILLAGES OF THE ORONTES
Needs after the earthquake
Almost 80% of Knayeh’s homes were destroyed. The village of Jdaide was also severely damaged, but the greatest damage occurred in Yacoubieh, starting from the convent and in the church, which collapsed entirely. In Knayeh, the church has been partly destroyed and the old school is unusable.
The testimony of Fr Louai Bsharat
“We, as friars, along with these impoverished Christians, have made the decision to remain steadfast in our current location, despite war, persecution, and devastation, in order to uphold the Christian presence as a source of peace and hope. This presence has been established since the time of the Apostles Paul and Barnabas. Therefore, we express our gratitude to Divine Providence, which, through our generous benefactors, assists us in fulfilling these missions, driven by the love of Christ.”— Fr Louai Bsharat