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Persecuted Syrian Christians Avoid Refugee Camps, Fear Muslim Attacks

( [email protected] ) Nov 25, 2015 02:00 AM EST
Immigration has been a hot debate topic in Washington DC, and even among 2016 presidential contenders. Many republicans have argued that since the Paris attacks, all Syrian immigrants should be banned from the US. The debate has been intense enough that it could even bring on a government shutdown when the government spending bill comes up for a vote next month. The irony here is that the very ones that are supposed to be getting the protection are often too fearful to accept it.
Syrian Immigrants walk to Serbian border Reuters

Immigration has been a hot debate topic in Washington DC, and even among 2016 presidential contenders. Many republicans have argued that since the Paris attacks, all Syrian immigrants should be banned from the US. The debate has been intense enough that it could even bring on a government shutdown when the government spending bill comes up for a vote next month. The irony here is that the very ones that are supposed to be getting the protection are often too fearful to accept it.

Christian Syrians that would like to be able to seek asylum in the US other countries are often not any better off in refugee camps than in their war-torn country. When they go to refugee camps, they either end up being persecuted by Muslims who are also in the camps, or Muslims actually pose as refugees for the purpose of kidnapping young girls in the camps so that they can be used in sex slave rings.

As for Syrian immigrants to America, since the Syrian civil war, there have been 2,098 Muslim immigrants and only 53 Christians. The federal government generally depends on the United Nations during the refugee process, and so many refugees are Muslims since many Christian Syrians are afraid to register with the UN.

The FBI has admitted that it's unable to thoroughly check the background of the refugees coming into the US, and ISIS has promised to work through the refugee process to continue to flood the US with terrorists and bolster sleeper cells.

Christians who do take the chance to go to refugee camps have reportedly been beaten, threatened with beheading, and 
attacked.  In fact, in Germany, refugees are often separated by their religious background. It's an especially serious situation for Syrian Christians because they are often hunted down by ISIS when they flee. Refugees that want to avoid the camps but want to flee for safety often go to churches, schools or try to find relatives in safer areas and stay with them.

Finding a way to defeat ISIS and put a stop to the persecution is another conundrum that Washington ponders. A western journalist who visited Islamic territory and lived to tell about it might have some interesting insights into this. His name is Jurgen Todenhofer. He points out that one of the main complications that the American military faces when battling ISIS guerilla fighters is that since ISIS guerilla fighters are fighting what they see as a religious war, they, "are ready to die, and American Marines do not want to die."  

Todenhofer also said that the American military will have a better chance at victory against ISIS if it stops, "the delivery of weapons, ammunition and money from the Gulf monarchies and close the Turkish border used to transit new fighters to ISIS."

He notes that it would be beneficial for America to find ways to bring about, "reconciliation between Shia and Sunnis in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, because ISIS finds support among those dissatisfied with the governments and existing state of things." 

Tags : Christian persecution, Syrian Christians, Middle East refugee crisis