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Besieged Islamic Town in Syria See Growth in Christianity

Besieged Islamic Town in Syria See Growth in Christianity
Besieged Islamic Town in Syria See Growth in Christianity

Christianity grows in the Islamic town of Kobani where a community of Syrian converted their religion to Christianity from Islam. This town was once besieged by the Islamist State for several months. The members of the community said the devastating condition of the war and the assault of a group who claim to have fought in the name of religion had pushed them towards the new faith.

Following the conversion of a number of families near the Syrian Turkish border, the first evangelical church was also inaugurated last year.

The militants of the Islamist State were beaten back by the airstrikes carried out by the United States and the Kurdish fighters in Kobani back in 2015. Although the militants of the Islamist State was not brought under control completely by the United States and the Kurdish fighters, after fighting with them for years it was last month that the militants were brought under control by the US-backed forces.

The prolonged war and the legacy of its violence have affected the faiths and beliefs of the people forcing them to surrender their own religion and convert to another. Many areas mainly the Kurdish ones in the northern parts of Syria that were otherwise secular said that agnosticism had strengthened among the people and for Kobani it was Christianity.

The critics have however viewed this new conversion of religion with suspicion. They said that the people converted themselves for their own benefit such as gaining financial support for the different Christian organizations that were working in the region. They might also get a better opportunity for emigration to the European countries. However, those who have been accused have denied these and said their conversion was based out of faith.

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