Afnan and Alice are the names of the two Little Sisters of Charles de Foucauld who, a few weeks ago, chose to live in a refugee camp at Ankawa, in a suburb of Erbil, where thousands of Christians from the Plain of Nineveh, fleeing from the Islamic State’s offensive, have found precarious accommodation. The choice of the two women religious, as broadcast on Radio Sawa, is concretely to share the conditions of difficulty and rootlessness suffered by thousands of families who, having been forced to leave their homes, are now resigning themselves to having to live in these conditions for a long time. Afnan and Alice are also involving other women religious in assisting children and young people who live at the camps among tents and containers. Their intention is to preserve them from the sense of emptiness and the absence of formative activities that, over time, could degenerate to the point of sparking deviations of psychological and moral degradation.
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