Syria’s civil war hits its ten-year anniversary
A decade has passed since the civil war began, pushing millions out of the country and killing hundreds of thousands. Around half of those displaced found refuge outside the country, though many remain internally displaced in camps.
Christians in particular are extremely fearful of returning to the country. As ISIS-faction groups continue to war in northern Syria, the breeding ground for extremism and anti-Christian rhetoric is fertile.
Pro-government forces also discourage any Christian return as civilians continue to suffer from human rights abuses and attacks after Assad’s scorched earth campaign to reclaim the majority of territory lost.
Northwestern Syria in particular remains a major conflict zone, with internal forces as international actors clash in the region.