The horrific civil war that has torn apart Syria, claiming an estimated half-million lives, has also taken the lives of thousands of Christian believers.
Claire Evans with International Christian Concern tells OneNewsNow that Christians numbered approximately a million before war broke out eight years ago.
“And now they're less than four percent of the population,” she says, “and it’s all because of the conflict.”
Syria's land and it people are recorded in the Old Testament, and its Christian community dates back to the beginnings of the Church, when Paul established a church at Antioch. The term "Christian" also originated there according to Acts 11:26.
ICC learned in early July that a car bomb detonated outside Virgin Mary Orthodox Church in the city of Qamishli, which is considered the Christian center of Syria. As many as 11 people were killed or injured.
According to Evans, the ongoing violence comes and goes in waves.
“We just need to keep an eye on this situation,” she says, “and not forget that there are Christians who are stuck there."