by Lindsay Steele
Mission Network News
According to Open Doors, the few thousand that remain and meet in secret or meet quietly for church have a target on their back. Since anti-government fighters are mainly Muslim extremists, Christians not only face the danger of bombings, but also the threat of religious persecution.
“If you’re a Christian, those who are Muslim extremists are going to seek after you,” Fuentes says.
“It’s just getting worse as the warfare carries on.”
Civilians who have survived attacks are now facing disease as well as malnutrition. World Food Program (WFP) reported the country was just “one step away” from a famine. BBC News says of the population of 26.7 million, 21 million are in need of humanitarian aid.
Around 1.3 million have been forced to flee their homes, according to UNICEF. Some are looking for refuge in neighboring countries or in Europe.
“Open Doors has been working in the Middle East in several countries to help those who have been displaced, or victims of warfare, of refugee crisis, of attacks by Muslim extremists, whether it’s ISIS or other groups.”
Fuentes says there’s severe trauma scarring people in the Middle East, but Open Doors is bringing the love and encouragement of Christ throughout the region as they share food, shelter, trauma counseling, and Bibles with refugees.