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September 2013

Christian minorities are bearing the brunt of the war in Aleppo, Syria, according to Barnabas Fund.

A Christian doctor reports mortar shells falling on the quarters of the city inhabited mainly by Armenian Christians. In July, a 14-year-old boy scout died from shrapnel while at home; an eight-year-old girl suffered a splinter in the brain; and a 30-year-old female hairdresser had to have her left arm amputated below the elbow as a result of an injury. A 70-year-old man was also wounded in the spine while leaving a church service.

The doctor reports that Armenians are being captured and kidnapped, representing a major setback to those planning to leave Aleppo for a safe haven. Hundreds have already been kidnapped, including two senior archbishops, two elderly fathers and hundreds of young men.

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, international director of Barnabas Fund, said, ‘Aleppo is a devastated city that has been forgotten as the world stands by and fails to intervene on behalf of its traumatised citizens.

‘He [the Christian doctor] has chosen to stay in that war-ravaged place to help those in need of medical care and is also heavily involved in coordinating our aid to Christians, whose plight is worsening as the fighting rages on’ (www.barnabasfund).