Syrian Archbishop: “We expect Christians in the West to help us. They do not”

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Greek-Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria during a visit at ACN International Headquarter on July 15, 2014. Photo by Reinhard Backes, courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need

Greek-Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria during a visit at ACN International Headquarter on July 15, 2014. Photo by Reinhard Backes, courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need

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NEW YORK (RNS) American Christians know so little about their fellow believers in the region, or even that such Christians exist, that Middle East church leaders like Aleppo Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart face an uphill battle.

  • Luke

    Has the Archbishop met with Christian leaders such as the Rev. Graham and Pastors like Rick Warren?
    They can probably help mobilize the material support for displaced Christians.

  • Spurgeon

    Many churches came together to help the victims of Haiti earthquake by providing ‘care packages’.
    Churches can probably help if they know a list of items that the displaced people need. For example , 100 blankets,
    200 pairs of shoes,
    300 tooth brushes,
    500 boxes of food?
    Clothing etc.

    It would be ideal if they can divide the totals needs by the number of Churches that are willing to help and then ensure they deliver the material items that are listed.
    The first step would be mobilize churches(Lutheran, Methodist, Catholic, Baptist, others) to help with the needs.

  • Larry

    The only force there which could possibly be used as a proxy for the West, the Kurdish militias. They are consistently the only actors in the Syrian Civil War and Iraq’s war against ISIS who have went out of their way to care and protect refugees from groups besides their own.

    We are still a bit reluctant to provide material support for the Kurds (no thanks to Turkey and homegrown isolationists). IMO, we should be arming the Kurds to the gills and working out some deal to create a Kurdish state.

  • Ben in oakland

    Of course they’re not helping you, Archbishop. They’re too busy worry about two guys or two women that they don’t know getting married to be overly bothered with some brown people in a predominantly Muslim land.

    Of course they’re not helping you, archbishop. They’re too worried about the horrors of baking a cake for people they despise to be overly concerned about some sort-of Christians so very far away.

    Of course they’re not helping you, archbishop. They are far more anxious about the imaginary persecution they are undergoing, and the imaginary end of Christianity in the U.S. of A to spend too much time of your very real persecution.

  • andy

    Your Eminence,

    The Christians are helping providing, aid of any-kind..It is the American who sitting on there asses, and Obama is one of them…

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  • Frank

    You have a point Ben, but I don’t think that it should come as a surprise that people are more concerned about the issues that are affecting and degrading their own culture than they are about people a long distance away. The media must also take responsibility. By promoting and giving disproportionate time to the rights of minorities like homosexuals, they are neglecting to report on the real persecution taking place around the world of Christians in so many countries, the exploitation of women in poor countries whose wombs are being rented by wealthy infertile and homosexual western couples, the spread of AIDS due to hyper-sexualisation of culture and the prevalence of pornography, sex slavery, and so on. Many Christians in your country are sadly unaware of the real persecutions because the mainstream media has other priorities and agendas. However, I am aware of many Christian organisations which are supporting persecuted people abroad and hopefully this article will encourage…

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