A Syrian Christian leader has spoken of the desperate plight of the church in the war-torn country.
Dr Mary Mikhael, of the National Evangelical Synod of Syria, said churches were being targeted in the conflict and that many Christians were being displaced.
As refugees, they lack adequate shelter, medicine, food supplies and “their human dignity”, she said.
Dr Mikhael was addressing commissioners at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland meeting in Edinburgh this week.
She said there was no Arab Spring for the people of Syria but “only a stormy dark winter”.
In particular, she expressed concern that there would soon be no Christian presence in the country.
“The tragedy is getting bigger day by day … Now the big question is about our future.”
Syrian churches are stepping in to help meet the needs of displaced people but she warned that they are “exhausted”.