02/06/2022 Syria (International Christian Concern) – The last Christian in Idlib, Michel Butros al-Jisri, 90, recently recalled the conflicts and war he has faced over the past few years that have driven out other Christians who lived by his side. The majority of the city’s residents left in 2015 when the opposition took control.
Without children, family or religious congregation, Butros lives, worships and prays alone. He shared with Al-Monitor: “My family is from the city of Idlib. My family and I lived here in this house, which has become a part of me, and I will not leave it no matter what. My brothers moved to live in Aleppo while my father, his wife and I chose to stay. His parents have since passed away, but Butros remains true to his commitment to his house.
Idlib was once home to a moderate Christian community that lived alongside the Muslim majority with little friction. A Greek Orthodox Church was built in 1886 and a National Evangelical Church came years later, providing places of worship for minority Christians. The Idlib governorate was once home to 10,000 Christians, but their numbers began to decline in 2012 and then drastically in 2015 when the opposition took power. Today, Christians make up less than 1% of Idlib’s residents.
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