The Syriac Patriarch fears "the end of Christians in Lebanon and the Middle East"

“They ask, 'Why should we come back when we cannot guarantee our children a decent life and religious freedom?' […] We can't convince them to stay because they say, 'How can we handle this situation? There is no hope for our future '. "

Lebanon is plunged into a serious economic crisis. According to'Reuters Agency, "Since the end of 2019, the Lebanese pound has lost about 90% of its value, the poverty rate has skyrocketed and the banking system is paralyzed." Faced with this economic crisis, we are witnessing an upsurge in violence.

Last Thursday, a murderous shootout took place in Beirut, amid tensions over an investigation into last year's massive explosion.

It is in this context that the Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Younan spoke to the organization Aid to the Church in Need.

“We are very, very afraid that if this crisis continues, it will be the end of Christians in Lebanon and the Middle East in a few years. "

According to the Patriarch, thousands of Christians apply for residence permits every day.

“One of our clergymen went to get a residence permit and an official told him that they are issuing 5 passports a day, and that they estimate that at least 000 of them are destined for Christians who then leave. "

“Normally, when Christians leave, as happened in Iraq, Syria and Turkey, they don't come back,” he laments.

“They ask, 'Why should we come back when we cannot guarantee our children a decent life and religious freedom?' […] We can't convince them to stay because they say, 'How can we handle this situation? There is no hope for our future '. "

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