"The effect of the condition in which we have been living for more than a year is that we are now inured to horror everyday." So said Archbishop Boutros Marayati of the Armenian Catholics as he described the devastation in Aleppo, a historic city in Syria. On January 30, dozens of corpses of young victims were found. "There is always new news of massacres, there is the constant noise of bombing, one lives in a state of tension and fear day and night, there is a struggle to survive in a daily life in which there is not even water to drink and fuel to heat homes. As we are overwhelmed by all this," said the archbishop, according to the Fides news service. "There is not enough time to become aware of the terrible things in which we are immersed. The massacre at the University a few days ago, where we lost poor Sister Rima, already seems a distant thing."
The Assad government through the state-controlled media have blamed the massacre, as they have in the past, on brigades of the jihadis of Jabhat Al-Nusra, while groups of the Coalition of the Opposition spoke of "new terrible massacre perpetrated by the regime."
According to the Archbishop Marayati, the impossibility of verifying the events makes conditions for Syrian even worse. "We feel that there is a deformation of all the information. One cannot just trust what one hears, and there is no possibility to check even the events that occur a short distance from our neighborhoods. Even now one can hear the noise of explosions, but we do not know where they come from, and against whom they are directed. We are in the middle of a war, but we live it as if we were in the dark, without really understanding what is happening. We wonder when and how all this will end. Let us pray to the Lord, so he can look upon us and protect us. "
Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.