CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, WE PRAY WITH THEM  praid-s

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“TODAY WE ARE DISMAYED TO SEE HOW IN THE MIDDLE EAST… MANY OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS ARE PERSECUTED, TORTURED AND KILLED FOR THEIR FAITH IN JESUS”

Pope Francis

SYRIA

“Fear fills their hearts – some people die, others flee and everyone lives in fear of the future.”

Sister Annie Demerjian, ACN’s project partner in Aleppo.

5

Years of War

have displaced 6.6 million Syrians and forced 4.8 million to become refugees abroad.

13.5

Million Syrians

need some form of humanitarian assistance; almost half of these are children.

70%

Of the population

has no access to clean water.

3out of4

Syrians live

in extreme poverty, after almost 6 years of civil war.

27%

Less Population

In 2010 it was 24.5 million. 2016 population has dropped to 17.9 million.

500k

Christians Left

They were 1.5 million in 2011, but ISIS terror forced them to flee abroad. 

IRAQ

Without external help, Christianity may disappear from its cradle.

The situation of Christians in Iraq has significantly deteriorated:

1%

Of Iraq’s population was Christian in 2015

10% of Iraq’s population was Christian in 2003.

8-10

Families leave Iraq

every day, according to local Church sources.

119

Attacked Churches

between 2004 and 2008. 45 in Baghdad, 64 in Mosul, 8 in Kirkuk and 1 in Ramadi.

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TESTIMONIES

“After almost 2 years the Christian families who fled Mosul and the Nineveh plain feel a sense of desperation.”

Msgr. Bashar M. Warda, Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil.

“The ugly war entered our homes and destroyed us: our children lost their schools, we lost our livelihoods, and our properties were completely destroyed.”

Mr. Hani Anton and his wife from Zabadani.

“The insecurity, intolerance, violence and destruction, have spread chaos and uprooted over 2million families… It is now the vocation of the Eastern Christians to live like the first primitive Church, which as a minority, lived without warranty or protection.”

Mgr. Samir Nassar, Maronite Archbishop of Damascus.

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Pope Francis