A New Hero (Saint) in Aleppo?

A New Hero (Saint) in Aleppo?

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He recognized her, and he thought she had converted to Islam and would expose him, revealing that he was not a Muslim. She whispered in his ear that he shouldn’t be afraid.

It almost sounds like a new novel waiting for a movie deal. But this isn’t fiction. This was a story told to Nuri Kino, founder of A Demand for Action (ADFA) – a global initiative to support the protection of the Assyrians (incl. Syriacs/Chaldeans) and other minorities in Iraq & Syria.

The young man was from Aleppo and mistaken as a Muslim. Instead of killing him on site, they took him to the hospital and when he recovered, she helped him escape. She risked everything to save lives. She is a true hero.

Who is she? Is she still alive? In the article he wrote, “Her cover was blown a few months ago. She carried a child on her back when the terrorists realized that she was not one of them and shot at her. Rumors say that she is alive and in Turkey.”

What does it take to risk everything to save another life? This is a quality of many of the saints in our Christian history.   Sacrificial love for your neighbor is truly a gift of grace.  And I know many of you are up in arms because I suggested she might be a saint.  But what exactly is a saint?  Orthodoxy does not have a single definition of sainthood.  We don’t have a checklist we follow. But if we did, I imagine that “willing to risk your life to save another” would be on the list.

I pray our mystery nurse is safe.  I pray she is still alive.   But, I hope the author never finds her.   She doesn’t need us to recognize her bravery.  God knows what she was willing and capable of.

 

To read more, go to Your Middle East, The Nurse in Aleppo is My New Heroine

 

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Presvytera Vassi Haros

Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.