A woman reacts at a grave of her daughter, an SDF fighter killed during fightings with Islamic State militants, at a cemetery in Kobani, Syria April 4, 2019. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
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A community of Syrians who converted to Christianity from Islam is growing in Ain al-Arab, a town besieged by Daesh (ISIS) for months, and where the tide turned against the militants four years ago. The converts say the experience of war and the onslaught of a group claiming to fight for Islam pushed them toward their new faith. Many in the mostly Kurdish areas of northern Syria, whose urban centers are often secular, say agnosticism has strengthened and, in the case of Ain al-Arab, Christianity.Firas works for a Christian aid group at a nearby camp for displaced people that helped set up the church. He said around 20 families, or around 80 to 100 people, in Ain al-Arab now worship there. The population of Ain al-Arab and its surroundings has neared its original 200,000 after people returned, although only 40,000 live in the town itself, much of which lies in ruins.
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