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Christians in Aleppo struggle with war and displacement

Christians have been caught in the crossfire in the ongoing conflict in Syria. More than 750,000 of them have fled the country. The ones who have remained, face regular abuse and attack from all sides.

The Christian community of Aleppo – the second largest city in Syria – has been severely disturbed during the long Syrian Civil War. Churches offered hope and a source of peace for both Christians and Muslims throughout the conflict. Many Muslims have converted to Christianity after seeing acts of compassion and practical assistance. Those who have stayed hope that Syrian refugees will return and strengthen local churches.

Aleppo is one of the oldest globally inhabited cities and carries a profound historical significance as a flourishing trade hub and the third largest city in the Ottoman Empire. The Battle of Aleppo between 2012 and 2016 brought grave consequences, with an estimated 31,000 citizens losing their lives. The city suffered grievous damages. Many of the Christian churches were also destroyed. The earthquakes earlier this year aggravated the situation, seriously diminishing the population. 

According to International Christian Concern, there are only around 50,000 Christians left in Aleppo, which currently is the dwelling of 3.4 million people. Ninety per cent of Syrians are Sunni Muslims. Christians suffer extreme hostility from Islamic groups and the government, whose aim is to drive them out of Syria.


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