Iraqi Arabs in Syria


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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Have you ever heard of the English phrase "jumping from the frying pan into the fire?" This saying has been the experience of Iraqi Arabs who have fled the chaos and turmoil of Iraq only to experience even more chaos and violence in Syria. Many thousands of Iraqi Arabs, both Sunni and Shia, left Iraq following the 2003 Iraqi war looking for stability and better economic opportunities in Syria. Since March 2011 a civil war has been occurring in Syria. The government under Assad has been fighting the rebels who oppose the Assad Baathist regime. The United Nations estimates that at least 500,000 people have died in the fighting. Another five million people have fled Syria because of the war and 6.7 million more internally displaced. Due to the civil war, it is impossible to estimate how many Iraqi Arabs now live in Syria.


What Are Their Lives Like?

From 2003 to 2007 the Syrian government welcomed Iraqi refugees. Since 2007 only Iraqi professionals and entrepreneurs are officially allowed into the country. Iraqi Arabs in Syria are "guests" and not legally permitted to take a job. This law has made most Iraqi Arabs find employment in the underground economy. Living conditions have been so difficult in Syria that many Iraqi Arabs are fleeing from Syria to Europe, Turkey and other places. The remaining Iraqi Arabs live in major cities in Syria. They often live in rundown apartment buildings and are subject to extortion and blackmail by Syrian landlords. It is a constant struggle for many Iraqis just to feed their families and get their children into school due their "guest" status. As long as the violence continues, the Iraqi Arabs in Syria will continue to experience daily disruptions of their lives.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Iraqi Arabs are Sunnis. However, there is a sizable population of Shia and Shia sects. All Muslims try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Muslims pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols.


What Are Their Needs?

The Iraqi Arabs in Syria need a stable society where they are allowed to work and care for their families. Many must have help in meeting their physical needs of shelter, food, clean water, and clothing. Their children need help in enrolling and staying in schools. Most of all, the Iraqi Arabs need the hope and forgiveness of sins that only God in Jesus Christ can provide.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Iraqi in Syria.

Pray for a swift and just end to the Syrian Civil War. Pray that Christian organizations might be permitted to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of the Iraqi Arabs living in Syria. Pray that the Lord would raise up a Disciple Making Movement among the Iraqi Arabs in this decade. Pray that the Christians and churches in Syria would reach out and share the good news about Jesus with the Iraqi Arabs.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraqis_in_Syria  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syria https://www.npr.org/2021/03/15/976352794/syrias-civil-war-started-a-decade-ago-heres-where-it-stands  


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Iraqi
People Name in Country Arab, Iraqi
Natural Name Iraqi Arabs
Population this Country 55,000
Population all Countries 16,914,000
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Arab, Mesopotamian Speakers; Arab-Mesopotamian; Iraqi Arab; Iraqi Arabs; Mesopotamian Spoken; North Iraqi Arab
People ID 12247
ROP3 Code 104056
Country Syria
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Ar Raqqah and Halab governorates: Buhayrat al Asad reservoir at center; Dayr az Zawr governorate: along the Euphrates; west Hamah, central Hims, and east Idlib governorates.   Source: 
Country Syria
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 12  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Ar Raqqah and Halab governorates: Buhayrat al Asad reservoir at center; Dayr az Zawr governorate: along the Euphrates; west Hamah, central Hims, and east Idlib governorates..   Source: 
Primary Language Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (55,000 speakers)
Language Code acm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (55,000 speakers)
Language Code acm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2005)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
Film / Video Stories of the Prophets - Music Video - David Psalm 23
Film / Video The Lamp on the Stand
Film / Video The Lost Coin (Eng Sub)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.60 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source James Gordon  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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