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Syria

RegionMiddle East
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population18,499,000
Christian Population744,000
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentAuthoritarian Presidential Republic
LeaderPresident Bashar al-Assad
Score82/100

Syria

Even though Christians have been in Syria since the first century, they comprise only 4% of the population. Since the war broke out in 2011, Islamic extremist groups have operated more openly. These groups, including Islamic State, seek to remove Christianity from Syria.

Christians have been targeted in violent attacks or forced to flee the country. In areas controlled by Islamic extremists, most historic churches have been either demolished or turned into Islamic centres. Public expressions of Christian faith are prohibited, and church buildings or monasteries are prevented from being repaired.

Persecution is worst for those who leave Islam to become a Christian. They are pressured to renounce Jesus, as their new faith dishonours the family.

Pray for Syria

Pray for peace and provision for Christian in times of extreme conflict.

Pray that persecutors will experience the love of God and have their hearts changed.

Pray that believers who choose to remain in Syria will find joy and strength in the Lord amidst persecution.

News

Syria | An Update On The Conflict

A month ago, the conflict in northern Syria escalated when Turkish troops attacked Kurdish-led forces. Following a ceasefire agreement, the immediate...
6 November 2019 Syria

Syria | Christians Caught In Escalating Conflict

As conflict escalates in northern Syria, 40,000 to 50,000 Christians are caught up in its midst. Bomb explosions have left people injured and reduced...
15 October 2019 Syria

Syria | Strengthening The Church That Remains

As the Syrian civil war enters what could be its last year, Christians are trying to rebuild in the face of an uncertain future.The eight-year war ha...
27 March 2019

Syria | Pastor Shares The Joy And Pain Of Christmas

Pastor Edward from Damascus shares what Christmas is like for the church in Syria.“Christmas is a challenging thing,” he says. “It’s a challe...
18 December 2018