Christians in Ras al-Ayn

Collection with 4 media items created by Transterra Editor

03 Jun 2013 09:00

The deserted streets in the Christian neighborhood of Ras al-Ayn, in the northeast of Syria, reflect the fear of the people. This was once a place where Christians went for coffee to Muslims and Kurds had tea with Arabs. Today there is no place for Orthodox Christians to practice their faith. Since the end of January this year, the priest fled the country and left the St. George Church with closed doors. The division among the Arab and Kurdish militias is destabilizing the area and brings chaos into the city. There are also more and more stories of people who have to leave their homes and kidnapping for ransom.

Some Christian families are seeking refuge with the Kurdish militia, and others with the Arabs. "The city is characterized by division," said one resident, "only God knows what future awaits the Syrian Christians."

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Christians in Ras al-Ayn 1
Ras al Ain, Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
03 Jun 2013

The closed doors of the St. George church in Ras al-Ayn, Syria. The priest fled the country when the church became the frontline between Kurdish and Arabic militias. With his origin in the Middle East, St. George’s is still one of the most important saints in the region.

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Christians in Ras al-Ayn 2
Ras al Ain, Syria
By Mais Istanbuli
03 Jun 2013

One of the 4 daughters of Basma, a Syrian Orthodox woman in her thirties. "I still do not know if I am safe here. While cleaning the house upon our return, I found an unexploded bomb next to the statue of Mary. They are making fun of us, but this is dangerous. Weapons on the street have become an everyday picture, but a bomb in my own house, the house where my children sleep, that makes me sick. "

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Christians in Ras al-Ayn 3
Ras al-Ayn, Syria
By Annabell Van den Berghe
04 Jun 2013

Basmaa, mother of 4 daughters. "Our house was the front line of the battle between Kurdish rebels and Muslim rebels. Security was far away, but I wanted to stay. This is my house, my street, my country. "

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Christians in Ras al-Ayn 4
Ras al-Ayn, Syria
By Annabell Van den Berghe
03 Jun 2013

"I had no chance to take something along when we had to leave. And when I came back, everything of value was gone. Except our statue of Mary, thank God." Basma points to the statue on the shelf and makes a cross. In an attempt to suppress her tears Basma turns angry. "I still do not know if I am safe here. While cleaing the house upon our return, I found an unexploded bomb next to the statue of Mary. They are making fun of us, but this is dangerous.