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Four years ago, Syriac Orthodox Christians in Syria lost their bishop when he left the country. Finally, a new bishop has been appointed, giving Christians hope that they have a future in Syria. Syria’s civil war and ISIS’ violence has killed many Christians and driven many from their home. Christians that remain, however, see the new bishop as evidence that Christians are still in the country and “that we will stay.”                         

08/21/2017 Syria (Christian Post) – Syriac Orthodox Christians in the northeastern city of Hasakeh celebrated on Saturday the inauguration of Archbishop Maurice Amseeh, giving the community a bishop for the first time in four years, since the last one left the country.

Christians have been the subject of a genocidal campaign by the Islamic State terrorist group, which has killed, raped and kidnapped Yazidis and other minorities as well.

Over 330,000 people have also been killed in Syria’s six-year long civil war, which has further decimated the population, forcing millions to flee as refugees.

As AFP reported on Sunday, Amseeh’s appointment has given fresh hope to the struggling Christians that rebuilding their community is possible.

“It’s true that many have left, but we’re still here, and what happened today is the proof that we’re still here in this country and that we will stay,” said 23-year-old student Jenny Hakop.



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