Syria – When love lights up in the form of a 0+

24 March 2021

(ANS - Aleppo) - Ten years of war, an ongoing pandemic, inflation, unemployment… Syria today is a country with an innumerable amount of serious problems and moreover in extreme difficulty. Yet, there is still room for a ray of hope that warms hearts and makes us imagine a brighter future. This is testified by a beautiful story of solidarity that sees the young Pamela as the protagonist, a girl from the Salesian Oratory in Aleppo.

Pamela is a fifth-year student of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Aleppo. Since she had been showing various alarming symptoms for about two months, she underwent several tests. And from the results, doctors estimated that her health condition required a large supply of blood plasma (an average of 13 bags per session) and for several sessions. To understand the urgency and gravity of the situation, it must be clarified that a plasma bag is obtained from 7 blood bags: this explains the great and urgent need for as many donors as possible to ensure the required quantities of plasma.

News and phone calls for donations spread, first in Aleppo, and then throughout Syria. Through social networks and sharing of messages, a chain of appeals developed that urged to contact and motivate as many blood donors as possible from group 0 positive.

The result was visible on the morning of March 21: at the door of the blood bank, many people, young and old, men and women, some who know Pamela and others not, Muslims and Christians gathered, rushed to express their love, and the desire to do good. “And they didn't leave until the blood bank closed,” says the Salesian from Aleppo Fr Pier Jabloyan.

“We want to share this fact to say that there is always hope, despite the brutality of the war and the heavy economic hardship that Syria is experiencing. Faced with a request for help, we found solidarity and closeness among Syrian citizens, and today we are witnessing a sincere love and an unparalleled response for Pamela ...,” the Salesian comments with renewed hope.

Even in this case, Don Bosco's spiritual children did not stand by: both in Aleppo, Syria and throughout the Middle East, they did not hesitate to give support from near or far to Pamela, encouraging and supporting her, and making people pray for her.


ANS - “Agenzia iNfo Salesiana” is a on-line almost daily publication, the communication agency of the Salesian Congregation enrolled in the Press Register of the Tibunal of Rome as n 153/2007.

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