Ilyas was, he told me, the very last Christian to flee Qusayr. He had been one of just a handful in the town to join the revolution â an odd thing for a Christian to do because the Free Syrian Army (FSA) were and are mostly Sunnis, and the Christians mostly sided with Assad.
Still, it didnât save him. One day he heard banging on the door and saw men with Kalashnikovs standing there. There were familiar faces, some he had known for years. He said: âThey told me, âYouâre a Christian â youâre not welcome here.ââ
Qusayr is a grim little town of 30,000-40,000, a few miles into Syria from the Lebanese border. It was once around three-quarters Sunni Muslim, one-quarter Christian, all living peacefully together. It took 18 months from the beginning of the uprising to the knock on Ilyasâ front door, and in that time what was happening in Qusayr mirrored and explained what was going wrong with the...
The nominal Christians of the Middle East has be suffering greatly, go look for the message I put up with a tablet around 1:30 a.m. EDT, today about the suffering of the Egyptian Copts. You'll find so other messages there as well. But, again, all all I need to do is to point out, The forgotten Christians of the East -- certainly by Western media. Good thing SA, has put up articles like this one.
We need to stop giving aid to thug Islamic democracies and dictatorships, until they support the civil rights of all of their citizens. They might really support that idea if they were told what money that would be given to them will be given to Israel instead, until they clean up their act.