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Nearly One-Third of Syria’s Christians Have Fled Their Homes

Nearly one-third of Syria’s native Christians have fled their homes during the Syrian civil war, according to Syrian Christian leader Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III Laham.

He said that more than 450,000 Christians out of an estimated 1.75 million have been displaced or have left the country since the Syrian civil war began in early 2011.

Patriarch Gregorios, who has been criticized for supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said the international community needs to do more to block the flow of weapons into Syria. “We have to have campaign together—no more weapons, no more violence, go together to a better new vision of life,” he said.

Many Christians support President Bashar al-Assad out of fear that if he is overthrown and replaced by Islamists, they will face greater persecution, especially from the Al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra terrorist organization.

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3 Responses to “Nearly One-Third of Syria’s Christians Have Fled Their Homes”

  1. npkdocs says:

    This is what it would happen…Christians should not take sides…look the Bishop openly reached Assad..bringing wrath to the fellow Christians…how came he know that Assad will win?

  2. Joseph Colen says:

    Christian nations should accept these fleeing Christians and reject all moslems from coming there. Keep moslems in moslem lands.

  3. I don't see how the two can live together. I had a Syrian family who speaks of Christianity like it's a "club" – -it's BETTER than ANY religion, they boast, their religion dictates "WHO" they are. They are no different than the Muslims they condemn. They can't keep their religion to themselves. They boast and brag like they "walk on water" I see this and say well no wonder these two groups cannot live together! They are as "extremists" when it comes to being Christian as the "extremist" Muslims. – -We call them Religious FANATICS.

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