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Dozens gather to pray for Aleppo

Dozens gathered in front of City Hall Wednesday night as part of a candle light prayer vigil for the people of Aleppo, Syria. 660 NEWS Ian Campbell

The sidewalk in front of City Hall was lit up with candles Wednesday night as Calgarians gathered to pray for those caught-up in the Syrian civil war.

Organizers spelled out Aleppo with tea lights during the candlelight vigil.
“For the last three days we’ve been seeing Twitter and social media filling up with horrific messages about what’s happening in Aleppo. The Syrian regime, once it’s so called liberating was actually a full-blown massacre,” said organizer Saima Jamal.

Jamal and other newcomers to Calgary felt the need to organize a prayer vigil.

She tells 660 NEWS she was encouraged to organize it after hearing from a Syrian mother of three who wanted to do something for her people.

The senior Imam from the Calgary Muslim community and a United Church Minister who also joined in to help offer prayers for the bereaved.

“This is all just to show although we can’t do anything from afar our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Aleppo right now.”

Athiya Parbeen brought her children to the vigil in hopes of doing something positive for the people dying in the Middle East.

“I’m not a Syrian personally but I definitely would like the Canadians to rise up to the occasion as they always have.”