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Nun working in Aleppo criticises Western media

A religious sister working with Christian families in Aleppo, Syria, has criticised Western media for their allegedly biased coverage of the six-year conflict.

Sr Annie Demerjian, a member of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary, questioned why Western journalists focused on the plight of people in areas held by rebels and jihadis but seldom those in regions controlled by the government of Bashar Assad.

“It is not fair,” she told Catholic News Service.

“We don’t see a balance,” she said. “Last week nobody spoke about a (Christian) woman who pulled her son from a balcony without his head, and just a river of blood coming out of his neck.”

She said the adult son had rushed outside when a rebel shell had landed nearby and he heard shouts in the street. His head was blown off when the area of government-controlled western Aleppo, the largest city in Syria, was struck by a second shell.

Picture: Sr Annie Demerjian, a member of the Sisters of Jesus and Mary who is working with Christian families in Aleppo, Syria. (CNS photo/Simon Caldwell).