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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

Jul 12 2016

I Lost My Entire Family

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"I lost my entire family - my husband and six children," Dunya, a Christian woman from Syria shares. We recently shared Dunya's story with you, and you were faithful to respond!

Because of your quick and generous response, Christians like Dunya...

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Jun 20 2016

Join With Us On #WorldRefugeeDay

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Today, June 20, is National Refugee Day; a day filled with those committing to help the most vulnerable in their most trying and unjust days. Christians that have fled from ISIS are now facing food and water shortages, harsh living conditions and no home to call their own...

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Jun 10 2016

Pray for Aleppo in Syria

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Innocent citizens of Aleppo continue to be caught in the crossfire between government and rebel forces. Mortar fire recently damaged a church storehouse, further depleting critically scarce resources.

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May 23 2016

Aleppo Included in Syria Ceasefire Deal

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A rare 48-hour ceasefire brought temporary relief to the beleaguered Syrian City of Aleppo.

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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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