The head of the Catholic Church warned that the faces of Syrian, Iraqi and Yemeni children paying a high price for war must awaken the human conscience.
Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, said Friday in a Christmas message that children around the world, especially in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, continue to pay a high price for war.
In his Christmas message, the head of the Catholic Church also called for global unity to help nations affected by conflict and humanitarian crises.
In his Christmas message, he also remembered the many suffering around the world and offered the papal blessing Urbi et orbi. “To resign oneself to violence and injustice would be to reject the joy and hope of Christmas,” Francis said.
Pope Francis also stressed the problem of health and the need to make the Covid 19 vaccine available to all, and further criticized countries that want to introduce and use the Corona vaccine as a tool.
The world Catholic leader also said the corona virus knows no borders and the attempts of some countries to usurp vaccines, as well as their selfish behaviors, lead to the vaccine not reaching the staked goal.
In the shadow of the Corona virus and under health restrictions, Christmas Eve celebrations were held Friday night in many countries and at the Vatican.
Pope Francis held the ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and in the presence of two hundred Christians in compliance with health protocols.
Yemen: A child dies every 10 minutes
Officials in Yemen have sounded the alarm over the worsening humanitarian crisis resulting from the Saudi-led war and blockade against this poor Arab country.
Yemen’s Health Ministry warned Tuesday that shortfalls in humanitarian funding were exacerbating the situation in Yemen.
According to UN figures, the acute malnutrition rate among Yemeni children under five is the highest ever recorded.
Last month, the UN warned that Yemen was facing the imminent threat of the worst famine the world had seen in decades.
Also on Tuesday, the U.N. stressed the need for a cease-fire in Yemen and warned that Saudi Arabia-led aggression has cost the lives of at least 233,000 people over the past six years.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report, “This large number is unfortunate and unacceptable.”
According to the report, Yemen is currently facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with more than 80 percent of its population in need of humanitarian aid and assistance.
Saudi Arabia and some of its allies launched the war against Yemen in March 2015.
In the process, much of the country’s infrastructure, as well as hospitals, schools and factories, have been destroyed. According to the UN, more than 24 million Yemenis are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including 10 million who are suffering from extreme hunger.
Children are among the most vulnerable victims of the Saudi war on Yemen, but the problem has drawn little international response.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent