Message from Magnus: Walking with our Syrian brothers and sisters

In the week we announced a new Mary’s Meals programme in Aleppo, our founder Magnus reflects on how his experiences during the Bosnian conflict give him hope for Syria.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow
Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow
Mary's Meals founder and CEO

Back to all stories | Posted on 03 Mar 2017 in Update from Magnus

With the Syrian conflict soon to be entering its seventh year, it would be easy for us to give in to feelings of despair and hopelessness. We faced that same bleak temptation almost 25 years ago, when this work of ours first began as a response to the horrific conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia.
But, amid the carnage of those wars, I met many resilient people who were living beacons of hope – some of whom, in more recent years, have gone on to play leading roles in building better futures for their nations. And others we worked with and supported during those years have since established Mary’s Meals organisations in their now-peaceful countries to help fundraise for this mission.
This goes to show that there’s always hope for a better tomorrow. And, just as we journeyed hand-in-hand with our great friends in eastern Europe all those years ago, I am incredibly thankful that we now have the opportunity to walk with our Syrian brothers and sisters and share even a small portion of their all-too-heavy load.
Our deep resolve to continue reaching some of the world’s most vulnerable children, and our ability to now begin working in Aleppo, is only possible because of your help – as is our work with Syrian refugees in neighbouring Lebanon. Near Beirut, the Lebanese capital, we are today providing Mary’s Meals to more than a thousand children who have been forced to flee their war-torn homeland.
Thank you for everything you do for so many suffering children in this world. Together, let’s continue this journey – one step at a time, one meal at a time, one child at a time.