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Worthy Christian News » 'Ethnic Cleansing of Christians' in Syria; 50,000 Flee

By Stefan J. Bos, Worthy News' Chief International Correspondent

syriaDAMASCUS, SYRIA (Worthy News)– Islamic militants with ties to terror group al-Qaida have launched the "ethnic cleansing of minority Christians" in Syria, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee the embattled Syrian city of Homs and other areas, aid workers confirmed Tuesday, March 27.

At least 90 percent of Christians living in Homs have fled after "fanatics" forced them to leave their homes, said Dutch aid group 'Kerk in Nood', or Church in Need.

It added that the exodus of 50,000 people mainly took place in the last six weeks. "They have fled to villages and in the mountains, sometimes as far as 50 kilometers from their homes. We have reports that Islamists 'cleansed' the Homs areas of Hamidiya en Bustan al-Diwan without giving them the opportunity to anything with them," the group told Worthy News in a statement.

Kerk in Nood said it has already made available some 80,000 euro ($107,000) for supporting the most vulnerable families, including survivors of a car bomb near a church in the city of Aleppo, that authorities claimed killed at least two people and injured 30 others.

Aid workers said the attack happened near the Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure in the area.

PEOPLE AFRAID

Aleppo Bishop Antoine Audo, who supervised the aid program, said people who don't receive support fear for their lives. "They don't know what will be their future," he said in remarks obtained by Worthy News.

"They are afraid that they will not receive back their homes. It's of utmost importance that we help these people," he said.

Earlier, aid group Barnabas Fund told Worthy News that Christians have also been used as "human-shields" by anti-government rebels, known as the Free Syrian Army, to prevent government forces from retaking control over the region.

The Free Syrian Army blames President Bashar Assad for the situation. Christians, like other Syrian minorities, have been viewed by critics as supportive of Bashar Assad, a member of the Alawite minority, an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

ISLAMIST TAKEOVER

Minorities reportedly fear an Islamist takeover should armed rebels, mostly from the nation's Sunni Muslim majority, manage to overthrow Assad.

Kerk in Nood said there is growing fear that Syria will turn into "a second Iraq" with a similar pattern of attacks against churches, and expulsion or kidnappings of Christians.

"As attacks continue, Syria could experience the same fate as Iraq where the number of Christians living there has been reduced from as many as 1.4 million at the end of the 1980s to less than 300,000 now."

Christians say that the crisis in especially Homs has raised fears that Islamists with ties to al-Qaida will use the power vacuum left by the other regimes in the Middle East when they were forced out by what became known by protests known as the "Arab Spring".

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  • thebigdog
    28 March 2012 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    How do the Blame America First clowns explain this?

    • Jacyl
      28 March 2012 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      Quite literally this is BS. I didn't know Christian sites backed murderous regimes. Assad kills men, women, and children and calls them terrorists…and you people print his propaganda? For shame! I have seen the bodies of children executed by his thugs….have witnessed their torture and atrocity – these soldiers of Assad. Worthy….not quite. Christian? I have serious doubts. Anyone who supports a killer of innocents shares their guilt.

      • thebigdog
        29 March 2012 at 12:42 pm -

        So are you admitting that you are a Blame America First clown?

  • Luke Bardenelli
    28 March 2012 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    There is no ethnic cleansing of Christians in Syria. Stop this nonsense and focus on the crimes committed against all Syrians, mostly against Muslims. 

  • Williamguyza
    29 March 2012 at 7:54 am - Reply

    "There are none so blind as those who will not see." May God forgive them for they don't know what they are doing.

  • Purest_2001
    10 April 2012 at 10:15 am - Reply

    why cant we just love one other.

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