Turkey's Syria invasion by the numbers

How many Christian communities are in the region?

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Lebanese and Syrian Christian Maronites pray for peace in Syria, in Harisa, Jounieh, Lebanon. |

In recent years, much has been made about the rapidly declining Christian population of the Middle East, driven out through constant warfare and religious intolerance.

In the Khabur River valley in northern Syria, the Christian population dropped from around 20,000 to about 800 as a result of Islamic State violence in the region, according to WORLD Magazine.

“There’s hardly anyone there,” observed WORLD senior editor Mindy Belz on the program “The World and Everything In It” in March.

“I mean, there are about 30 villages. Population has just shriveled to just a fraction of what it was before. I went into one village that once had 1,200 people. It now has 4 people.”  

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