Photo of aid convoy by Christian Payne.
READING AND LISTENING to stories from relief efforts destined for Syria reminds me of cargo I once carried for missionaries in Africa. But back then, there were no mortars firing a few miles away.
In Audioboos and blog posts and photostreams, Christian Payne offers close-ups of a region wrecked by civil war. His heart-felt journaling led me to the Hayat for Syria donation page along with the hope that their convoys get through unmolested.
As the father of a five-year old daughter, my heart cried while reading Christian meeting up with a young Syrian boy.
"In the courtyard a five year old boy was being wheeled around by his father. They had both survived a rocket attack in Aleppo. But there are varying levels of survival. They both live with the loss of Sultan’s mother and sister. Sultan has the added loss of his left leg and genitalia.
"I felt so weak in front of him. His story is one of thousands. Yet I feel the suffering of a child is impossible to dilute. I’m embarrassed to say I turned away to cry; I didn’t want him to see me with tears in my eyes."
The story of Syria is far from finished. Yet the suffering of Syrian people seems to be papered over as mainstream media covers other events with much smaller numbers of lives lost. If you care to make a difference, I encourage you to visit the donations page and help supplies get through with a Hayat convoy for Syria. IBAN 0 0691 8436 7001. SWIFT CLIBLBBX.
I know how precious supplies can enter logistics chains and be siphoned off before reaching remote areas. That doesn't happen with Hayat for Syria convoys because those lorries take direct routes into disputed areas, often without official Syrian government sanction. It's risky but effective.