After violent attacks on Christian neighbourhoods in the Syrian city of Aleppo last month, the number of Christians remaining in the city has plummeted as thousands flee in search of safety. Local Christians told Barnabas that there are now between 45,000 and 90,000 Christians living in Aleppo, down from an estimated 465,000 in 2010.
Many of the Christians who are left behind in Aleppo are poor and struggling to survive amidst on-going fighting, unemployment and soaring inflation. Islamic State (IS) militants continue to advance across parts of the country, threatening ancient ruins in Palmyra city as they seized part of the city on 20 May. The group continues to hold over 200 Christians abducted in raids in north-eastern Syria in February and March.