Last night I was watching a programme about Christians being persecuted across the Middle East – the exception being Lebanon, which has it written into it’s constitution that both Muslims and Christians HAVE to have equal representation in the make up of the government.
There was a section in the programme about Syria, and the Christian town of Maaloula. When we were in Syria a couple of years before the current crisis started, we visited Maaloula. It was a beautiful little town in the mountains, with an absolutely stunning monastery, which we visited.
We – unfortunately – see images from war zones all the time now on tv, and shocking as it usually is, when you see somewhere that you have actually been, it really brings it home.
The people we stayed with, who ran a hostel in the old city in Damascus, fortunately managed to get out, and made their way to Jordan.