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6 – Syria


Region Middle East
Leader President Bashar al-Assad
Population 18 907 000
Christian 4.2%
Main Religion Islam
Government Republic
Rank 6
Score 86
Previous Rank 5
Previous Score 87

The Syrian civil war began as a popular uprising in 2011, with demands for increased political liberties and economic reforms. The roots of the conflict, however, are deeper and more complicated. Within the context of war, with Islamic State (IS) controlling large parts of the country and with the rising influence of Islamic jihadists in the opposition forces, Christians have become an increasingly vulnerable group. They face increased faith-related pressure in all spheres of life: private, family, community, national and church spheres. This is particularly true for Believers from a Muslim Background. Within the context of civil war, many churches have been damaged or destroyed, however, in several cases deliberately.

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