Syrian Christian Town Becomes Frontline With Islamic State Group

Syrian Christian Town Becomes Frontline With Islamic State Group


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It is said that the town of Sadad is referred to in the Old Testament.  The Christians from this place believe that it is the town called ‘Zedad’ in the Book of Kings.  In the image above, children are playing in front of a cannon that was fired just hours before, during one of the many skirmishes on the town’s frontier.  The Islamic State group is gradually encroaching on this ancient Christian town.  A majority of the Sadad population is still Syrian Orthodox Christian, but these Christians feel the danger as they are now in the sights of the jihadist group.

The Islamic State is intentionally targeting the ancient Christian buildings and landmarks because they fall outside its harsh interpretation of Islam.

Around 60 percent of the 12,000 residents, particularly the women and children, have fled to other Christian villages in the province, like Fayruza and Yazdal. The men are staying behind to defend the town.

Said Suleiman Khalil, Sadad’s mayor, a man in his 30s, while working a rosary through his fingers as he walked.

The Russians have come to give aid and military support to all people in the area, but most specifically their fell brothers and sisters in Christ who are the front lines struggling to defend their faith.

The full article is found at UK Yahoo News.  Photo credit from AFP, found via the same article.


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Dean Franck

Dean Franck is a first year student in the Master's of Divinity Program at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is also a participant of our Digital Disciples Program.