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  • Syrian refugees to hit 4M; Baptists continue serving

    by Evelyn Adamson, posted Friday, April 17, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- Syria entered its fifth year of conflict in March with the grim report that an estimated 220,000 people have been killed since fighting began in early 2011. In addition, registered refugee numbers soon will hit the 4 million mark, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Read More

  • WORLDVIEW: Looking for home

    by Erich Bridges, posted Tuesday, March 24, 2015 (3 years ago)

    You don't know what it means to be a refugee unless you've been one. But you can be a friend, Erich Bridges writes in WorldView. Read More

  • S. Korean Baptists offer help to Syrian refugees

    by Brian Andrews, posted Thursday, March 12, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    AMMAN, Jordan (BP) -- Syrian men, women and children, refugees impacted by the civil war that has raged for four years in their country, lined the cold stairwell leading to a registration room where Korean doctors waited to attend them. Some had come from miles away to receive medical care from the team, members of a South Korean Baptist church holding their first clinic in the Middle East. Read More

  • Fleeing war-torn homelands, refugees seek new life

    by Keith Weston , posted Tuesday, December 09, 2014 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Keith Weston
    MILAN, Italy -- Huddled around electrical outlets in the McDonald's of this city's largest railway station, Syrian refugees, many of them young men in their 20s, wait as their phones charge. A short walk away, a line forms as more Syrians wait to register with a local relief organization. Others sit near the station's entrance, patiently waiting for a van ride to one of the nearby refugee camps.

    Waiting has become a staple of life for many of these and other refugees in Milan, Italy, since fleeing their war-torn homelands. Most left Syria months ago, joining the rapidly growing stream of immigrants seeking a better life in Europe. United by family, friendship or simply the shared experience of suffering to get here, they remain hopeful and resilient. Yet they wait. Read More

  • ISIS forcing Yazidi conversions, marriages

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, October 14, 2014 (4 years ago)

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    DOHUK, Iraq (BP) -- The ISIS terrorist group has imprisoned hundreds of Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, forcing men and boys to convert to Islam and enslaving the younger women as jihadists' brides, Human Rights Watch has reported.

    "The Islamic State's litany of horrific crimes against the Yazidis in Iraq only keeps growing," Fred Abrahams, Human Rights Watch special adviser said in a press release, referencing reports from families of the victims. "We heard shocking stories of forced religious conversions, forced marriage and even sexual assault and slavery -- and some of the victims were children." Read More

  • Syrian Christians stay behind to help

    by August Miller, posted Thursday, October 09, 2014 (4 years ago)

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    SYRIA (BP) -- With food and jobs scarce, and their savings depleted, Syrian Christians and their neighbors are struggling to provide for their families.

    Despite their own trauma, many believers are choosing to stay in their beleaguered communities and reach out in love amid their neighbors' pain. Read More

  • WORLDVIEW: 2 Mideast realities

    by Erich Bridges, posted Thursday, October 09, 2014 (4 years ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Sometimes the tears, the tragedies, the sheer horror of it all overwhelm Christian workers trying to help refugees fleeing war and terror in Syria and Iraq.

    Jayson Keath*, a Christian strategy leader based in the Middle East, visited a Syrian refugee family now living in a country inundated with traumatized Syrians. One of the small children in the family was missing a finger -- severed by a slammed car door as they rushed to escape the violence in their homeland. The parents had to knock the child unconscious so pursuing Syrian soldiers wouldn't hear his screams of agony. Read More

  • Airstrikes may worsen refugee crisis

    by Mark Kelly, posted Monday, September 29, 2014 (4 years ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- Airstrikes now underway in northern Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will worsen an already heart-breaking refugee crisis, a Christian worker in the Middle East says. Read More

  • Prayer plea for Syrian, Iraqi Christians voiced by Floyd

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 23, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd added the crisis in Iraq and Syria alongside his continuing plea for prayer for spiritual awakening when he delivered his first address to the SBC Executive Committee Monday (Sept. 22) in Nashville. Read More

  • Syrian refugees pass 3 million mark

    by Brian Andrews, posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Photo by Jedediah Smith
    LONDON (BP) -- The Syrian crisis reached a new milestone as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees counted more than 3 million officially registered refugees driven out by the conflict tearing the Middle Eastern country apart.

    As the crisis continues in its fourth year, Christian workers persevere in bringing spiritual and physical aid to the refugees and call on the church to keep praying and keep giving to these efforts. Read More