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  • As some Middle East Christians struggle to stay, others make hard choice to go

    As some Middle East Christians struggle to stay, others make hard choice to go

    Magida Yaacoub is one of thousands of Syrian Christian refugees in Lebanon, living in an entirely Christian village near the border with Syria. Although she acknowledges they’re now physically safe, the constant threats of Islamic extremism, a lack of job opportunities, and the precariousness of their situation have driven her and her husband to a hard choice: As much as they love the land of Christianity’s birth, it’s time to leave.

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  • Christian refugees say without Church, we’d be crying ‘tears of blood’

    Christian refugees say without Church, we’d be crying ‘tears of blood’

    Tens of thousands of Christian refugees in Lebanon, having fled an ISIS genocide, are often slightly better off than Muslim refugees due to assistance from the local church and global Catholic groups such as Aid to the Church in Need, but they still report harsh living conditions, mounting discrimination related to anti-refugee resentments, and a strong desire for something else — going home, settling here, or moving on.

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  • On Sunday, in a refugee camp, I failed at doing my job

    On Sunday, in a refugee camp, I failed at doing my job

    On Sunday, my Crux colleague John Allen and I visited a Syrian refugee camp on the outskirts of Zahle, Lebanon, that’s home to 500 Muslim refugees who arrived here six years ago. My job was to document the site and the conditions using a brand-new, high-end camera, but I largely failed because the infectious joy of the children at the camp over having their pictures taken and photo-bombing one another got in the way.

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