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This Week Marks 6 Years of Syrian Civil War

March 14, 2017 by Janelle P in ,

This Saturday will mark six years of the Syrian civil war. Since March 2011, the United Nations estimates that 400,000 Syrians have been killed.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been in power since July 2000, following his father’s death. Unrest grew out of the Arab Spring protests, and al-Assad’s government quickly met the protests calling for his removal with violence.

An anti-regime uprising began, which has escalated into civil war. The war is being fought by 4 main groups: Kurdish forces, ISIS, other opposition and Assad regime.

As of December 2016, 4.8 million Syrians have fled the country and 6.3 million people are displaced internally. Families are left still trying to raise children and survive amongst the turmoil and uncertainty.

Syria is ranked #6 on the World Watch List. Christians are vulnerable in this nation where most residents are Muslim, but this civil war has made life horrific for believers and non-believers alike. Most churches are in ruins.

You have partnered with us to strengthen believers in Syria through receiving relief aid, Bibles, discipleship materials, church leadership training, trauma counseling and more. Believers in this region are experiencing heavy persecution, so we thank you for standing with them in this urgent time.

Christians living in this region need our prayers. As this week marks the civil war continuing for six, brutal years, please join us to pray for these believers to look to God for their strength. May the Lord give them wisdom and discernment as they navigate the unrest all around them. This major refugee crisis has made life tough, but we are also hearing of many coming to faith in You due to the chaos around them. Please save many in Syria, Lord, for Your glory.

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