Western Bias Isolates Middle East/North Africa Christians

Support of Ukraine isn’t bad, but the perceived bias of Western media and military leaves MENA Christians feeling isolated and less important. (Photo courtesy of Mathias P.R. Reding/Unsplash)

Have you noticed the Ukraine crisis getting more attention than the Taliban’s reign of terror in Afghanistan or the massive humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen? If so, you’re not the only one.

“People in the MENA (Middle East/North Africa) have been facing [war and refugee crises] in the last 30 years regularly,” Fadi Sharaiha with MENA Leadership Center says.

“But what’s happening in Ukraine has so much exposure in the media, especially in the West. Meanwhile, people being killed in Syria or Iraq is some ‘other’ news, like helping rescue a cat from a tree,”

“What is happening (the world’s response to the Ukraine crisis) is causing the Christians in the MENA, especially the Christian minorities in Syria, Iraq, [to feel] ‘we have been left alone.’”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray the Lord will provide support for urgent needs in the MENA region.
  • Praise God for His timing! Some MENA countries have begun to accept Ukraine refugees, and believers are ready to help them thanks to MLC.
  • Pray believers in the West will not forget about the needs of their Christian brothers and sisters in the MENA region.
  • Pray MENA churches will have the resources they need to care for refugees and other vulnerable people groups.