ICC Note: According to reports from local activists, the last remaining Christian families living in Raqqa, Syria are now being prevented from leaving the city by ISIS. Raqqa was taken over by rebels in 2013 and, in 2014, ISIS created a list of severe restrictions in accordance with Sharia law which local Christians were required to follow in order to continue living there. Reports indicate that there are approximately 25 Christian families remaining in the city.
By Lisa Daftari
Syria(AINA) – The Islamic State is now preventing the last remaining Christians from leaving Raqqa, Syria, according to activists on the ground.
According to the group Raqqa Is Being Silently Slaughtered, which was founded by a group of journalists turned activists, ISIS has put out a new decree preventing both Christians and Armenians in Raqqa from leaving.
There are approximately 25 Christian families left in Raqqa today, according to RIBSS.
Raqqa, now the de-facto Syrian headquarters of the Islamic State, fell into rebel control in March 2013 in a battle between insurgents led by the Islamist jihadi group Al Nusra and Bashar Al Assad’s regime.
Raqqa then became the first provincial capital under rebel control in the war.”The suffering of Christians began with ISIS control of Raqqa,” RIBSS said on its website about the treatment of Christians under the jihadi militant group.
“ISIS looks at Christians as infidels loyal to the West more than their loyalty to their homeland which they live.”In the 1920s, Christians constituted up to 30 percent of Syria’s population and had lived there for 2000 years.
Popular belief holds that the apostle Paul converted on the road to Damascus, and a small segment of Christians from the town of Maaloula still speak Aramaic, the language that Jesus spoke.
More recently, 10 percent of Syria’s 22 million population were Christians. Two weeks ago, Sec. of State John Kerry formally declared a “genocide” designation regarding the treatment of Christians and other minorities in Iraq and Syria, after an extensive push with bills in both the House of Representatives and Senate.
Only days before, Congress voted unanimously to make the designation.…
Pray that God will protect his people on every side!