Syrian Christians Fear a New Genocide in Wake of US Withdrawal

KOBANE, Northeast Syria – With the pullout of US troops, Christians here in northeast Syria told CBN News their future hangs in the balance.  With the region on the brink of chaos, they’re fearful and warning of a new genocide.

Just a few years ago, ISIS left a scar on the land in the form of an historic genocide in parts of Iraq and Syria.  Now Christians fear another potential apocalypse with enemies all around them.

Turkey is the main concern.

“After the threats of (Turkish President) Erdogan to this region that he wants to take the place of the great force of America, we felt danger because of this void. If it was filled by the countries of this region or another power, there would be danger in general for the people and especially the Christian people,” said Sanharib Barson, co-president of the Syriac Union Party.

The reason many people in northeast Syria are afraid of Turkey is because of what happened last year in northwest Syria, the Turkish invasion of Afrin.

In January 2018, its army along with Islamic militias called the Free Syrian Army began a military campaign to capture the city of Afrin.

Charmaine Hedding of the Shai Fund told CBN News what Turkey’s goals are.

“We know it from the statements that they’ve made that they want to get rid of the people in this area and bring in other people from Syria. So, it’s a population displacement,” Hedding said.

To find out more about the Afrin campaign CBN News Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Mitchell traveled here to the city of Kobane and an evangelical church.  Last year, Christians fled Afrin during the Turkish operation to take over the city.

Some came to Kobane to find refuge, security and a place to worship.

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Source: CBN