Christians Aren’t Losing Hope as the Syrian Civil War Drags On

Refugees from Idlib (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Turkey and Russia signed a ceasefire Friday for the Province of Idlib, where last month’s fighting has created the worst humanitarian crisis of the war.

The ceasefire has reportedly brought some calm to the region, although violence hasn’t ended completely. The civil war in Syria has lasted nine years, and the country has been decimated. Waves of refugees have fled through Turkey and all over Europe.

Many refugees also came to Idlib earlier in the war. Now they are being scattered by this new attack as the Syrian regime, backed by Russia and Iran, tries to take Idlib back from the rebels.

Now they have to flee again in the winter, and Turkey has stopped taking refugees. People are living in cramped and dangerous conditions.

Tired of hearing about it?

Nine years is a long war. Jane* from Cry Out Now says, “The horrible stories aren’t changing, they just [move] from one place to the next. But it’s still hard to hear. So, I think many people are tuning out just because . . . they’re kind of tired of hearing about it.”

And it isn’t just people in the West who are tired of the civil war; people in the surrounding countries are exhausted, too. “They’re tired of . . . seeing how jobs that should be going to the local population goes to refugees. Because they are willing to work for cheaper. So, I think even surrounding countries are tired of the war. We all want to see it end.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray along with Jane and her network that people would see visions of Jesus walking through the streets of Idlib.
  • Pray that Christians would return to the ruined city of Raqqa and rebuild it.
  • Ask God to bring dancing and life to the war-torn country of Syria.