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Arab, Iraqi in Syria

Arab, Iraqi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
69,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 1.00 % 0.60 % No   

Arab, Iraqi in Syria

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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
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.


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Country: Syria
Continent: Asia
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:12 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
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.
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People Name in Country: Arab, Iraqi
People Name General: Arab, Iraqi
Alternate People Names:
Arab, Mesopotamian SpeakersArab-Mesopotamian
Iraqi ArabIraqi Arabs
Mesopotamian SpokenNorth Iraqi Arab
ROP3 Code: 104056
Joshua Project People ID: 12247
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 69,000
Population all Countries: 19,240,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Levant
People Name General: Arab, Iraqi
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (69,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): acm    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.60 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: Yes
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsArabic Bible Online
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Arabic, Mesopotamian ...
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Arab, Iraqi in Syria

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People Cluster
    Arab, Levant     Africa, North and Middle East    
      Arab, Iraqi Syria    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Arab, Iraqi in Syria          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken  
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