Social initiatives to deal with the Coronavirus in Bethlehem

Posted on Mar 20, 2020

The Coronavirus has paralyzed the lives of everyone in Bethlehem: schools, universities, institutions. There are thirty-nine cases: thirty-seven in the Bethlehem area and two in Tulkarem. Little Mila, only two years old, was the youngest infected in Palestine. Now that she has defeated the virus, it has given hope and reassurance to the inhabitants of the city.

Br RAMI ASAKRIA, ofm
Latin Parish of Bethlehem

“We pray to the Lord, asking Him to protect us all from the danger of this coronavirus and the evils of the whole world. Lent is a time of fasting and it is a time when we find ourselves and think about others, it is a time when we should work together for the good of humanity. We have a wonderful initiative in Bethlehem: some young people are distributing food and medicine to all those in need who cannot leave their homes.”

There are many initiatives to overcome the difficult conditions in Palestine: the Scout group “Terra Sancta” of Bethlehem, like many others, has distributed food and medicine to the sick, the poor, the lonely and those in quarantine, to follow the words of St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians “Now these three things last: faith, hope, love; but the greatest of them is love.” (Corinthians 13:13)

RONNIE FAKHOURY
Head of the Terra Sancta Scout Group – Bethlehem

“It is a duty to the people of my country, my community and even my church. This service or duty we do is not limited to a specific class of people or to the faithful of a particular religion, it is for everyone, especially for poor families who need care and support from us, particularly in these difficult circumstances that the whole world is going through. God willing, we hope that this ordeal will end soon…and if God is with us, then who will be against us?”

RA’ID HAZBOUN
Terra Sancta Scout Group – Bethlehem

“Hopefully this “dark cloud” will disappear from Bethlehem and the world. Bethlehem is the cradle of Jesus Christ, the cradle of salvation, the cradle of love and peace. So we hope that this ordeal will end as soon as possible.”

From the campaign of solidarity and support of the isolated city of Bethlehem to the demonstration in favour of Italy in front of the Church of the Nativity, where the Light of the World was born to dissipate the darkness: here the Palestinian national security forces displayed the flags of Italy and Palestine with the slogan “Forza Italia”…in the hope that God will have mercy on the whole world and will heal all patients.