Syrian Christians Fear Future
As the Syrian Uprising continues, many Christians fear that the departure of President Bashar Assad will put them in greater danger. If the regime goes, ‘you can forget about Christians in Syria,’ said George, a Syrian dentist. He sees the Arab Spring as an Islamist movement, ‘full of extremists’ who want to destroy the country.
Assad professes himself to be the defender of religious minorities including Christianity. Without his 'protection' many fear increased Christian persecution in the form of kidnappings and killings.
Church leaders have mostly aligned themselves with the government, calling for an end to the violence which has so far killed around 7,500 people on both sides.
Yet a small number of Christians, such as 27 year old Abdu, have taken part in anti-government demonstrations, and aren’t afraid of a Sunni dominated leadership.