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Syria: Watching Christians leaving is an experience of the end of our presence in the region, a Bishop says


Syrian Christians leaving

Crisis in Syria can be solved by political channel, using military option won’t thrive the Chaldean bishop of Aleppo says.

According to Antoine Audo, an Iraqi Christian bishop of Aleppo says, “I think the solution is political. We have to stop giving arms and money to those groups, and to find a way for a political solution from the Syrian people, from inside and not from outside.”

He expressed his remarks ahead of a news conference entitled “Syrian Christians: help us to stay.” Bishop Antoine Audo who has witnessed his country’s wearing down by the means of civil war, foreign invasions or terror groups Al-Qaeda and ISIS tarnishing Iraq.

It was during the question answer session for the news conference Bishop Audo described the weighing down dearth in Aleppo which is a result of the conflict, which has caused majority of the local Christians to leave. Nevertheless, he is determined to do everything he could to facilitate these Christians to stay in their homeland.

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“It’s not easy,” he said. Watching Christians leaving is “an experience of death, an experience of the end of our presence. Not for me as a Chaldean bishop, but for all patriarchs, all bishops, for the whole community,” he said. He admitted “we don’t have another choice in front of us. This is the drama we are living today.”

Bishop Antoine Audo made this statement while British Premier David Cameron is mulling over to bomb ISIS throttlehold in Syria. Presently Britain is targeting ISIS targets in Iraq however; UK parliament rejected a vote to expand bombing missions to Syria. PM David Cameron expressed a desire to broaden British military action into Syria but Jeremy Corbyn who is leader of the opposition may make that more difficult.

Ever since the war broke out in 2011, about 250,000 Syrians have died, out of whom 11,000 were children. Above all, more than half of the Syrian population has been expatriated as a direct result of the ongoing conflict while four million have fled overseas.