Qamishli/Northeastern Syria – Peace is fragile, but the “Islamic State” is no longer a threat. Those who live in Syria today can cautiously believe in a future again. Those days are gone, when everyone who could, left the country. However, around 6.5 million people have become internally displaced persons, that means: They are driven from their homes, uprooted, but searching for a new home in their native Syria. More than six million people looking for a place to live.
New home Qamishli
In and around Qamishli is a safe zone, many Christians find refuge here. Traditionally, the city is a stronghold of the Syrian Orthodox Church, which is playing a major role in the reconstruction here. Schools are being built, and even a clinic is in operation.
Although the economy is in a bad state, the infrastructure and business life are slowly recovering.
The 13-year-old is the oldest of three children; Rasha, pictured above, is the youngest. The Muslim family was driven from their home by armed militias.
In Qamishli, they are the neighbors of Christian families and have been openly welcomed. Mohamed helps his father and sells handkerchiefs and cookies on the street. When he fell ill, Christian friends took him to the CiN medical center. His anemia can be treated well thanks to nutritional counseling.
Reconciliation begins in small ways
Full of gratitude, the Muslim refugees now say, “You Christians are merciful, more than our Muslims. You help us too – but ours only support Muslims and not other religions.”
Thus, on a small scale, the coexistence of Christians and Muslims is becoming normal. Respect and regard for Christians are the best weapons against the hate propaganda of Muslim fundamentalists.