Population: 21.8 Million
Religion: Majority Sunni Muslim
Threat to Religious Freedom: Terrorist groups and Islamic Extremism.
*UN estimates, as of mid-March 2014, the Syrian crisis had led to more than 2.5 million registered refugees, mostly in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt. More than half of the UN-registered refugees are women and girls, and close to half of those are under the age of 17. Terrorist organizations use violence to attempt to create of an Islamic state with no room for religious diversity. They terrorist groups mostly aligned with Al-Nusrah front and AQ affiliated group have carried out religiously-motivated attacks and violent executions and massacres against Muslim Alawite, Shi’a, and Christian groups.
*US Commission on International Religious Freedom
What can you do?
- Give to Syrian Christians
- Pray for those that are suffering extreme persecution in Syria.
- Pray that God would bring Justice and Peace to the region.