Maaloula is a mountainous village very popular with tourists. It is known for its troglodyte refuges dating from the first centuries, its convent, its churches, the tomb of Sainte-Thècle, disciple of Paul. Father Toufik remembers a time when “we lived there together, in peace, with Muslims. "
MBut on September 4, 2013, Maaloula became the symbol of the martyrdom of Christians in Syria. It is a strategic area on the road from Damascus to Homs. It is a symbol: we speak Aramaic. So, when jihadists arrive in town shouting "Allah or akbar", when a suicide bomber blows himself up under the ark, when friendly neighbors betray Christians, it's shock.
A French teacher says:
We have seen films on television before, what they do in other cities with the people, with the inhabitants. That is why we were so afraid. "
The churches are destroyed, the statues, the images, all shot. Houses set on fire. The nuns of the convent, kidnapped. Then, on April 14, 2014, finally the release. Maaloula is taken over by the forces of Damascus aided by the Lebanese Hezbollah.
2 years later, the survivors tell hell.
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