Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Report: up to 600,000 Christians have fled homes in Syria

Up to 600,000 of Syria’s 2.2 million Christians have fled their homes and are now either refugees or internally displaced persons, according to Aid to the Church in Need. 

In all, 1.8 million Syrians have left their homes, the charity reported. 

“The number of Christians killed because they are targeted for their faith is growing,” said Father Andrzej Halemba, the charity’s Middle East projects coordinator. 

Referring to an October massacre, the priest said that “Sadad is a very clear case. They were slaughtered like animals.” 

Archbishop Issam John Darwish, a Melkite Greek Catholic prelate in neighboring Lebanon, added that “it is a remarkable fact that the Christians who have fled from Syria are so gripped with fear and horror that they will not register” in refugee camps.

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