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Prelate says Syrian Christians face terrible choice: ‘die or leave’

April 15, 2013

Archbishop Samir Nassar, the Maronite Catholic archbishop of Damascus, has told the Fides news agency that Syria’s Christians “must choose between two bitter chalices: to die or leave.”

Syrians, who “have seen the UN organize since 2005 the systematic departure of Iraqi refugees towards the West,” now note “the world’s indifference and silence in front of their long, sad ordeal … they are abandoned, destined to die without being able to escape.”

“To advise them to stay could lead to death like a lamb dumb before the butcher,” said Archbishop Nassar. “Our martyrology simply gets longer.”

On the other hand, “helping them leave means emptying the biblical land of its last Christians.”


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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Apr. 15, 2013 11:37 PM ET USA

    This is so tragic! The destabilization of the Middle East has brought nothing but bitter tears and tragedy.