Syrian-Armenian church rebuilt after desecration by the Islamic State
A church previously utilized by the Islamic State in Raqqa, Syria has been restored to its glory after five years. Prior to the attacks of the Islamic State, the Armenian Catholic church of the Martyrs was home to more than 150 Christian families of the city.
The church was utilised by IS to conduct its legal proceedings and later destroyed in an aerial bombardment seeking to drive out the terrorists. After the 2017 defeat of the terrorist group, the Free Burma Rangers began rebuilding the Christian presence and architecture.
However, the church has been left vacant since it was rebuilt, with the local Christian community feeling separated from the building. Those within the Armenian-Catholic church of Raqqa expressed hesitancy.
After years of manipulation, persecution and international involvement, locals are often cautious of those seeking to “protect Christians”.