January 3, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
LATAKIA, Syria – The Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Warring Parties in Syria handed gifts to the Syrian children for New Year.
Russian children from the Tula, Pskov, Moscow, Kazan, Orenburg and Ufa regions had collected about 10.5 tonnes of clothes, footwear, stationery, toys and candies, with the cargo arriving in Syria onboard a military-transport aircraft, according to TASS.
“They [the Russian children] have sent over school books, food, including school books for learning Russia, as the Russian language is very popular here,” the center’s representative Sergei Serobaba said at a Latakia school.
“At this school study 94 children, whose parents or brothers died in the armed conflict. The children, of course, were happy to receive the presents. Even in the complicated time of war, children remain children, and we want to give to them at least minutes of joy,” a teacher of Russian, Svetlana Krasulya, said.
Students at the Sunday school at the Church of St. John the Baptist in Latakia also received presents, before the Syrian children sang for the Russian military Christmas songs.
“Those were anthems glorifying Mary the Blessed Virgin,” the church’s rector Archimandrite Macarius said. “Many children have come, despite the holiday. When they have learned the Russian military are coming, they all came here. It is very important, as the church teaches thanking everyone, regardless of religion.”