Syria has been engulfed in civil war since March of 2011. The fighting began following protests to liberate the nation from the regime of Bashar Hafez al-Assad.
“Syria was a safe place for Christians until the imploding civil war,” notes Bishop Julian Dobbs, an official with the Christian aid agency Barnabas Fund in Washington D.C. “Many of the rebel forces who are trying to remove President Assad are afflicted with Islamic terrorist groups and are determined to dismantle the Christian presence in Syria.”
Children of Christian families are suffering terribly in the ongoing conflict. Hundreds of children have been orphaned and many have been left traumatized.
Christian ministries are providing aid to the many children who have lost one or both parents. Children are especially in need of education as Christian schools have been targeted by Islamists.
In 2013, the Christian ministry Open Doors provided support to an estimated 8,000 Syrian families. Open Doors works with local churches to distribute relief packages to people.