Christians of Syria are being used both by the regime and rebels as a political card, which puts them in enormous danger, Reverend Nadim Nassar, an Anglican priest from Syria told RT.
RT:What’s the latest you’re hearing from your contacts in Syria about the fate of these nuns?
Reverend Nadim Nassar: The nuns disappeared or were kidnapped from the town called Maaloula, which is about 60km from Damascus. It’s a Christian town where most of the people speak the original language of Christianity, which Jesus Christ spoke, Aramaic. In September the town suffered the first attack from the Jihadists or Islamists: a lot of damage, some people were killed, and a lot of people fled the town.
Now we are very shocked to hear the news about another attack that hit Maaloula, with over 12 nuns disappeared from the city. This is another blow to the Christian community in Syria, which has suffered so much in the last couple of years. Hundreds of thousands of Christians were displaced from their homes, a lot of Christians were killed. We still have two bishops missing from Aleppo, we don’t know anything about them. Now there is another attack on the Christian community in Syria, and the world is watching. This is shocking for us.
RT: Are Christians in Syria being specifically targeted or just getting caught in the wider conflict?
NN: I think they are being used by both sides as a political card because the regime wants to show that they are protecting the minorities, specially the Christians. Now they are begging for the international community to interfere to release the nuns, whereas the rebels are turning blind eye to the Al-Qaeda and Islamists to target specifically Christians. There is a systematic attack on the Christian community in Syria and hundreds of thousands of Christians were displaced. Both sides are using the minority, Christians, as a political card, which is appalling from both sides. And we are losing, whoever wins at the end. The Christian community has lost a tremendous amount of presence and it is under enormous threat of danger.
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