A Light for Allepo observed in Kalamazoo

A Light for Allepo observed in Kalamazoo. Photo Credit: Stephen Wozny WWMT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - An initiative aimed at giving hope to the people of war-torn Syria made its way to West Michigan on Sunday as hundreds gathered at a local church to pray and light candles.

Newschannel 3's Nicky Zizaza reported about the international event that was observed in Kalamazoo.

The slogan is "A Light for Allepo, A Light for All." An event organized a month ago in Scotland for the people in the Syrian city of Allepo living in warzones.

Kalamazoo joined communities around the world by lighting candles for the people of Allepo, Syria at 6 p.m.

Sister Kit Kaiser took part in the gesture of hope and solidarity organized by a University in Scotland that encouraging the world to light candles as a sign of vigilance for the people of Syria.

Kaiser, with the Congregation of Saint Joseph at the Nazareth Center, said, "We as Sisters of St. Joseph feel a strong need to be with our brothers and sisters in Syria and support them in their efforts to end violence and to create a better world for themselves and their families."

Dozens gathering at Congregation of Saint Joseph at the Nazareth Center in Kalamazoo for a prayer vigil, to send messages of light following multiple days of airstrikes in Allepo.

Mary Ellen Gondeck, an attendee of the vigil said, "It fills me with a lot of dread and anguish to know innocent people are being slaughtered and killed and are dying."

Communities around West Michigan and as far as Japan, Taiwan and South America joining the mission meant to remind Syrians they are not forgotten.

Kaiser said, "So this solidarity is very much a part of our spirit as a congregation."

Candles, shining bright and prayers going up, for the city ravaged by civil war. The event comes after the last operating hospital was bombed and hundreds have died.

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