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Churches pray for refugees on fifth anniversary of Syrian civil war

Refugees and migrants walk after disembarking from the passenger ferry Eleftherios Venizelos from the island of Lesbos at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, December 26, 2015. REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis

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(RNS) As the civil war in Syria enters its sixth year, Christians across the U.S. are taking to prayer.

On Tuesday (March 15), the fifth anniversary of the war, which has killed up to 470,000 people and displaced 7 million, the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board and a dozen other Christian groups will raise awareness in American churches through the #PrayForRefugees campaign.

“I fear that most people in our churches are paying little or no attention to this crisis,” said David Platt, head of the International Mission Board, said recently.

The ecumenical coalition includes Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, World Relief, World…


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