Christians Under Attack Worldwide

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Some of the oldest practicing Christian communities in the world have come under attack by ethno-nationalist governments in the Middle East and Caucasus over the past few weeks, yet few seem to be paying much attention.

In recent weeks, the world has witnessed the prosecuting of ancient Christian communities worldwide. Most notably in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Where the Sunni Islamist government of Azerbaijan ethnically cleansed 120,000 Armenian Christians from their territory. Drove them under threat of extermination to Armenia resulting in a refugee crisis in that country.


Some background: In September, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev competed his country’s conquest of the ancient Armenian Christian community of Nagorno Karabakh. Which had been a disputed territory between Armenia and Azerbaijan since the fall of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991.


But last year, the majoritarian Muslim Azerbaijan launched an offensive on the territory which gained much of the territory back. The job was completed with the help of arms transfers from Turkey and Israel on a lightening strike on the province on September 19. Under threats of violence from the Azerbaijan military, the residents of Nagorno Karabakh were forced to flee with what they could carry on their backs.


According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, “As of October 6, 2023, the humanitarian emergency in the South Caucasus has forced more than 100,600 refugees to flee to Armenia. An average of 15,000 people are arriving per day. With a peak of 40,000 refugees entering the country on September 27, 2023.”

War in the Middle East

Meanwhile, in Palestine, the Israeli Defense Forces have launched a series of devastating air raids on the civilian populations of Gaza. The West Bank and southern Lebanon in the aftermath of the brutal Hamas attack on Israeli civilians on October 7. Yet, little noted in the mainstream media is the fact that Palestine is also home to an ancient Christian community. Which has undergone immense suffering over the past two weeks. Former Michigan Congressman Justin Amash revealed last week that his relatives were killed by an Israeli strike. On the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Porphyrius which had stood since the 4th century.

The Palestinian Christian community has endured so much. Our family is hurting badly. May God watch over all Christians in Gaza — and all Israelis and Palestinians who are suffering, whatever their religion or creed,Amash said on X.


OCOC condemns the ethnic cleansing and slaughter of innocent Christian communities such as those in Armenia and occupied Palestine.


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