By Maria Lozano
Thanks to the support of the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), thousands of children and young people from crisis-torn regions such as Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine and Israel are able to take part in summer camps and summer courses this year. ACN has already supported some of these courses in the past, and indeed this is almost a tradition now for Christian young people in the Holy Land, Jordan, Palestine and Israel. But additionally this year the charity is delighted to be able to support youth camps in Aleppo, Syria, and Alqosh in Iraq, where life is slowly returning to normal now that the fighting and violence have died down in these war-torn areas. The local Christian Churches are working hard not only to rebuild the physical structures in these areas but also to revive the spirit and the souls of the people here, above all among the children and young people who have suffered so much. In Iraq for example, the summer camps are intended above all to help these young people to overcome the trauma of the occupation by ISIS of their Christian towns and villages in the Niniveh Plains. They need to be able to regain their physical and spiritual strength, especially now, when the future of their Christian communities in Iraq is at stake.