“What a unique time it is to live in this moment in history,” a Syrian Christian living in Damascus wrote to ICC. “The biggest challenge for the church is to get involved at such a time and to take part in the story that many generations from now will be speaking about.”
Syria’s civil war has now claimed more than 33,000 lives, activists say. In August alone, nearly 5,000 people were killed in the conflict’s deadliest month to date. The victims have included those from every political movement and religious affiliation in the country, including Sunnis—the majority of whom support the Free Syrian Army—and Alawites who generally back President Bashar al-Assad.