Church Bells Provide Protest over Syrian Crisis


Church bells across Finland are now ringing at 5pm every day in protest of the continued destruction of the city of Aleppo in Syria. The bells will continue to ring daily until 24 October, United Nations  Day.

With civilian casualties and deaths increasing daily in Aleppo, this organic, grassroots movement has now seen hundreds of churches ringing bells of mourning. It is an outcry against the devastating impact on the population as well as the infrastructure caused by the bombings on the besieged 3,000-year-old Syrian  city.

The initiative was taken by the Evangelical Lutheran Parish of Kallio in Helsinki, Finland, on 12 October. By Sunday 16 October, the symbolic gesture had been taken on by over 300 churches both in Finland and abroad. The bells are already ringing on four continents, and more churches join in every  day.

Dr. Teemu Laajasalo, Vicar of Kallio Parish, Helsinki,  Finland:

“Schools and hospitals are being bombed in Aleppo. The very buildings meant to protect, nurture and sustain life are being demolished. Small children are being killed, the ones that need our care and protection the  most.

But the issue is not only about the dead. Even the living are dead in Aleppo – in constant fear – often without water and food, and always without  refuge.

The situation is politically complex – but morally simple. Killing children and civilians is wrong. Starving the most vulnerable among us is  wrong.

Funeral bells are ringing in churches across the world, reminding people of the ongoing funeral taking place in Aleppo. Funeral bells are honoring the victims. But they are also declaring the words of Christ: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’, and therefore summoning all the people in power to find a solution to end the  suffering.”

Hopefully the bells ringing across Finland will inspire international church communities to join the virally spreading protest and help hasten the cessation of suffering in  Aleppo.

You might consider contacting your elected officials to see what actions they will take over this incredible  genocide.


Map of the churches involved:

Video: the Bells of Kallio Church toll  (

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