The situation in Syria has been dramatic for the population for many years due to the ongoing civil war. The earthquake disaster in February 2022 left an additional five million people homeless from one day to the next. Unlike many other aid organisations, the Franciscans have never left the country since the beginning of the unrest. They have maintained an unwavering presence in many places, including the city of Aleppo, even after the earthquakes. They provide constant help in a region where there no longer exists a regular daily routine nor a normal life. Fairpicture photographer Hasan Belal met with affected people on both sides for this assignment: Friars and staff of the organisation, as well as with families who have lost their homes in the earthquake and who found a place to stay in the Franciscan reception centre in Aleppo, where they are provided with the basic necessities of life.
As a part of Franciscan response some engineers made a field visit to check for the buildings which were affected by the earthquake and need restoration.
Photo: Hasan Belal / Franziskaner Helfen / Fairpicture