As Syria's war soon enters its eighth year, many decry the recent escalation in the conflict in the country's north, between Turkey and the Kurds and in the south, between Iran and Israel.
Churches in Afrin, Syria, are calling on the world to stop the slaughter of civilians during the Turkish military assault.
Sitting on the bare pavement outside a Catholic church, an Afghan refugee woman, dressed in a bright floral headscarf, calls out plaintively to passersby, begging for coins.
"How can Christians return when there are homes destroyed and there are no services? But most important is safety. The return of Christians needs time."