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About Syria

  • Leader:President Bashar al-Assad
  • Government:Republic
  • Population:17 million (170,000 Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam
  • Persecution Level:Extreme
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism

The Syrian civil war began as a popular uprising in 2011, with demands for increased political liberties and economic reforms. However the roots of the conflict are deeper and more complicated, and include class conflict, rural versus urban divisions, and repressed political liberty. The Syrian opposition is increasingly “Islamizing” and the civil war is more and more taking on the form of a jihad against the Syrian government. In the conflict, all Syrians are suffering greatly, but some groups are in a more vulnerable position than others. One of the main features of Syria’s Christian population is its combined ethnic and religious identity. The geographical concentration of Christians in strategic areas of the country that are vital to both the government and the opposition’s war efforts is an important factor in their vulnerability, as is their alleged support for the government

Recent News from Syria

Nov 11 2016

Aleppo Churches Open Doors to Displaced Muslim Families

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“For the first time in history, Muslims are coming to us. The only thing we have to do is tell them the good news; they are waiting for it,” says Kristina.

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Nov 4 2016

Attack by Rebel Forces in Aleppo

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On Oct. 28, rebel forces began an offensive to break the siege of eastern Aleppo, where the warring parties have been described as “monsters devouring one another.”

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Oct 18 2016

Muslims Turn to Christ in Unprecedented Numbers Pt. 1

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The Islamic State has been filling the headlines for a long time and filling the hearts of many people in the Middle East with fear. But in the midst of all this, the church in the Middle East is showing the love of Christ to those who fled their homes. Muslims in the Middle East are turning to Jesus in unprecedented numbers.

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Oct 18 2016

Muslims Turn to Christ in Unprecedented Numbers Pt. 2

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Muslims in the Middle East are turning to Jesus in unprecedented numbers. This is what several pastors shared with Open Doors.

Somewhere in Lebanon we meet with a young woman named Karima*, a refugee from Aleppo. She still covers her hair, but the change in the way she dresses compared with when she first arrived in Lebanon is obvious.

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Feb 17 2016

Visiting Syria in Times of War

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Being present, visiting Christians where they live and encouraging them in their homes and churches. These are some of the things Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, always tried to do. Presence ministry is still an important part of Open Doors’ work. Recently, one of our colleagues was able to visit Syria:

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Prayer Points for Syria

  • Pray for the justice of Christ to draw the oppressed people of Syria to Him.
  • Pray that Syrian Christians would boldly minister to those suffering around them.
  • Pray for Christian Syrian refugees who now find themselves in countries like Somalia.

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