Alarm over exodus of Christians from Syria

ICC Note: An alliance of Christian organizations from more than 20 countries is urging the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria to pay particular attention to the country’s “vulnerable ethnic and religious minorities”, Christian Today reports. Since the outbreak of war, Christians and their places of worship have been increasingly targeted by terrorist attacks, similar to what was seen in Iraq’s war that resulted in more than half the Christian population leaving the country following the US-led invasion in 2003. “We believe the international community must act now to protect them. And we are calling on Christian leaders around the world to unite in calling for prayer for peace for this troubled nation,” said the alliance in a joint statement.

By Quentin Vacheron

4/18/2013 Syria (Christian Today) – The Religious Liberty Partnership has expressed concerns about the plight of minorities in Syria and is calling for prayers.

The alliance of Christian organisations from over 20 countries is urging the United Nations Special Envoy for Syria to pay particular attention to the country’s “vulnerable ethnic and religious minorities”.

They want the international community “to provide sufficient protection for all ethnic and religious communities as well as their historical, religious, and cultural sites”.

The alliance warns of an “exodus” of Christians as well as other ethnic or religious minorities from Syria because of the violence.

“We believe the international community must act now to protect them. And we are calling on Christian leaders around the world to unite in calling for prayer for peace for this troubled nation,” said the alliance in a joint statement.

The statement comes at the end of a meeting of the Religious Liberty Partnership in Istanbul, Turkey.

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