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The Syrian Civil War Crisis

May 13, 2020

 

One of the worst humanitarian crises of modern time has been going on for ten years, as of March 2020. This crisis is the Syrian civil war. Over the total course of this catastrophic war, 12 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes. Over the past few months, this already astronomic number has increased dramatically. From December 2019 to February 2020, over 900,000 people have been forced to flee as the conflict increased. Their homes are bombed out and they are left with no necessities. Of these refugees, 5.6 million of them have fled to neighboring countries such as Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan. Turkey alone is home to more than 3 million Syrian refugees. Lebanon and Jordan host 1.6 million. Many of these are Christian refugees, often families with young children, who are caught in the middle with nowhere safe to flee.

Syria is a dangerous region for everyone, but most especially Christians.  Before the Syrian civil war, more than 20,000 Christian families lived in northeastern Syria.   Christians have been in this region since the first century AD.   Over the course of the civil war, ISIS has targeted, enslaved and brutally murdered many Christians in attempts to take control of the region.  For example, bombings in 2015 and 2016 specifically targeted Christians.   Today, sadly, only 7000 to 8000 Christian families remain in northeastern Syria.  Now, according to recent reports, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (a terrorist organization) has started seizing Christian properties in the area.  It considers them to be spoils of war.  This has resulted in the displacement of more families.

Syria is currently the fifth most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian.  Christians are fleeing Syria in hopes of a better life.  To help them achieve this, the American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East partners with churches and other NGOs in Jordan and other neighboring countries, but this is only made possible by donations. Please donate today to help these religious refugees.

FRRME America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes reconciliation, provides relief efforts, advances human rights, and seeks an end to sectarian violence in the Middle East.

To make a donation to FRRME America, please visit https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/frrmeamerica?code=FR3WM1703

 

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