'There Won't be Christians Left': Syrian Christians Fear Grim Future in Shadow of Turkey's Invasion

In the aftermath of the Turkish invasion, evidence is mounting that Christians have been the target.

Along the Turkish-Syrian border reports are emerging of Christians living, dying and fleeing in the face of the Turkish onslaught aided by jihadist troops.

In the Syrian border town of Sari Kani, Kobane Rohani TV interviewed Ziad Mussa, the only Christian left in town. Mussa said the Turkish state "is targeting the Christians" and that Turkey "aims at annihilating the people of the region and impose a demographic change." Mussa also claimed that Turkey is "destroying the Christian churches and heritage and trying to annihilate the Christians from this region."

Christianity is in danger

A Rudaw24 report documented the fears of the Christians in Qamishli, a city in northeastern Syria on the border with Turkey. A Christian named Sawmi told the news organization that if Turkish-backed militias enter the city, Christians will not be spared. "Christianity is in danger. If Christianity dies in the east, then Christianity will die as a whole because we the Syriac speak the language of Jesus. The Syriac language is the Aramaic language. If we are gone, there won’t be Christians left.”

Before the Turkish invasion, it was estimated up to 100,000 Christians lived in northeast Syria. How many remain in the cradle of Christianity after Erdogan's invasion remains to be seen.

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Article | Chris Mitchell, CBN News

Photo | Emrah Gurel

25 Oct 2019

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