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12/02/2022 Turkey (International Christian Concern) – During November 28th-29th, at the Monastery of Notre Dame du Putis in Bkennaya, Lebanon, the Executive Committee of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) appealed to the younger generation of Christians in the Middle East to refrain from leaving their home countries. The focus was largely on the exodus of Christians from mainly Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon over the past year.

Many young people and religious leaders, who came in representation of their countries and community churches, spoke about their daily lives in these areas and why this issue is occurring. Fides News Agency reported that the event was to encourage people to “‘remain faithful to their land’ and guard against ‘falling into the trap of the temptations of emigration, which makes them lose their identity’ and deprives the entire Middle East area of one of the essential and original components of its social fabric.”

Many of these Middle Eastern countries hold rich history traced back through Christianity and by leaving these areas many of these historical landmarks are being destroyed and the overall Christian population is in danger of extinction. But the overall humanitarian and human rights issues make it hard to for MBB’s and historically Christian communities to remain where they are clearly unwanted and severe persecution awaits them in their day to day lives.

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