Hour for Peace
The Candles for Peace campaign started in Syria at the end of November Aid to the Church in Need, together with local Christian communities, invited school children throughout the country to convey to the world their longing for peace. United to work together and to speak aloud, Syrian Christian schools and other institutions granted one hour to allow children, under their teachers’ or volunteers’ supervision, to express their desire for peace, reconciliation and respect by drawing and writing prayers on the candle’s cardboard wind shields. These candle wind shields will then be distributed via the ACN national offices to benefactors with a call for prayer for peace in Syria. On the 24-25 November they gathered in and around their churches for processions, theatre, songs and dances for peace. The initiative has involved over 50,000 children, of different religions, from several of the Syrian cities most severely affected by the war, including Aleppo, Damascus, Homs, Marmarita, Hassaké, Tartus and Lattakia.