Syria: Christians in the crossfire

Nuri Kino, journalist and author, has met and interviewed close to a hundred Christian Syrian refugees. He gives voice to this otherwise silent minority in this article, first published in Sydsvenskan, a Swedish newspaper.

In an apartment in Istanbul he gets an exclusive interview with young Christian Syrian men who all are waiting to be smuggled to Europe.
Twenty-one men between 19 and 29 years of age and all of them have left the army and the war. Some fled during their leave of absence. Others have paid a lot of money to get leave of absence and then fled. All of them are Assyrians/Syriacs.

‘We Christians are stuck between the three big combatants - the Syrian army, The Free Syrian army and the Sefalists. The two latter want to evacuate Syria of Christians and permit us to cross the borders. That is why we are here today. And none of us want to be part of a war. We don’t want to fight or kill.’

Click on this link to read the article in Swedish or on the link below to read it in English.

For interviews and further information please contact the press secretary for Youth Initiative (UngdomsInitiativet): Mobile: +46 700-22 21 34

Please note that Nuri Kino does not write reports in the name of MRG, he is an independent journalist.

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Date: 02/04/2013




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