SuroyoTV investigates situation of poor Syriac family in Zalin (Qamishli) in North and East Syria

ZALIN, Syria — Following local media interviews with an impoverished Syriac (Aramean–Assyrian–Chaldean) family in Zalin (Qamishli) in North and East Syria, SuroyoTV interviewed George Safar, a member of the council of the Syriac Orthodox Church in Zalin.

In the video interview with the impoverished family, they stated that they haven’t received and aid from the Church despite their extreme hardship.

Safar said that the church was surprised by the interview because it contained “exaggerated information”. Safar stated that the family receives aid periodically from the Church, which organizes schedules for the needy according to priority. He added that the economic crisis in the country has put all groups in society in a position that requires them to manage their expenses.

Regarding a statement by the family that they wished to move houses, Safar said that some family members rejected that suggestion two years ago.

SuroyoTV took a close look at the situation of the family. Housewife Rima Bashir told SuroyoTV that she wanted to move to another house if there was an alternative, adding that the aid they get from the Church is not enough to meet their needs.

It was clear that Rima’s father and sisters, who live in the same house, lack the most basic types of care and attention, especially after the loss of her mother.