The End of the Church in ?
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As the long and painful trauma of ’s beleaguered Christians drags on relentlessly, Barnabas Aid is calling on Western governments to take action on their behalf.
Syrian Christians are caught in the crossfire of the brutal civil war that has raged for more than two years between supporters and opponents of President Bashar al-Assad. But they are also being deliberately targeted by Islamists among the opposition forces because of their faith. They have suffered violent attack, kidnap for ransom, torture, sexual assault and murder; their homes and neighbourhoods have been taken over and their church deliberately destroyed. Around 600,000 have fled the country, and even more are internally displaced.
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’s christians appeal to you
n behalf of my community and all Christian societies in , we urge Western authorities to take the measures necessary to protect our Christian civilians in the country. We ask them to shift their thoughts towards increasing financial support to our Christian societies and communities because of their dire need at this time. We ask your governments sincerely and seriously to take into account the plight of our Christian societies and communities in and continue your support to hundreds of thousands of Christian refugees here and beyond the borders.
Dr Jany Haddad, senior Baptist church leader in , Professor of Surgery, Founder and President of the Armenian Christian Medical Association, Founder and President of Living Hope for Families ministries
n behalf of Syrian Christians and other minority communities, we plead for peace in , and we are ready to work through our people and churches to maintain peaceful coexistence among all peoples and faiths in the region. We entreat Western governments to alleviate the suffering of our people by providing urgent humanitarian aid, as our communities are in dire need. The majority have been displaced from their homes with hardly anything to subsist on; most are jobless, homeless, and in danger of abduction and assaults by radical militants.
Mrs Rosangela Jarjour, from Homs, , General Secretary of the Fellowship of Middle East Evangelical Churches
urgently call upon Barnabas Fund:
- to respond to the humanitarian needs of our churches, especially by providing Christians with basic needs
- to help find an end to this ungodly war in by making contacts with the superpower countries, so that Christians can continue practising their faith with full freedom and maintain their Church properties
Metropolitan Eustathius Matta Roham, Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Jazirah and Euphrates,
e urge Barnabas Aid to:
- respond to the humanitarian needs and alleviate the sufferings of the Christians in who are in serious need of basic items to enable them to survive
- do all it can with people in power to encourage the protection of the Syrian Christians.
The Rev. Dr Riad Jarjour, from Homs, , Chairperson of the Board of the Forum for Development, Culture and Dialogue, formerly General Secretary of the Middle East Council of Churches
We, the undersigned, call upon our government:
- to recognise that the Christians of are a significant but highly threatened minority in the current crises, noting that Christians are facing unprecedented levels of violence from both the general conflict and targeted anti-Christian attacks from some factions;
- to put the plight of Christians and other minorities at the forefront of their humanitarian aid programmes, ensuring that there are pro-active policies in place to guarantee equitable delivery to all communities;
- to work towards and support only those outcomes in that allow freedom, equality and justice for all without discrimination, recognising that core human rights including freedom of religion and belief are the only basis for a stable society.