November 26, 2022
Offering hope for Christians in the Middle EastBack to All
by Hadeel Oueis, Senior Research Fellow
The Christians of northeastern Syria,
most of whom are the descendants of genocide survivors that took place in 1921 in what is Turkey today, did not have the opportunity to participate in politics and have always been treated as subjects or protectorates.
Today, they have their security forces, and they participate in governance in all executive, legislative and judicial positions in northeastern Syria. Yet, the U.S. should engage more positively with them to preserve this achievement and build on it.
Historically, the Christians of northeastern Syria, mostly Syriac Orthodox and Catholics, fled to southeast Turkey after the Saifo massacre in 1915,