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Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate ● Israel-Gaza conflict puts interfaith relations to the test ●  2013 International Religious Freedom Report ● Children of Syria

Conflict Map of Syria (Source: PBS)

Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
In the past two-weeks of conflict, more than 2,000 Syrians have been killed. Almost half the death toll are pro-government forces who are battling the al-Qaida breakaway Islamic State militants. The past two weeks of fighting has resulted in the highest death toll since the start of Syria’s three-year civil war.

Israel-Gaza conflict puts interfaith relations to the test
Tanenbaum is included in this comprehensive article that examines the challenges faced by individuals and organizations engaged in interfaith relations.

2013 International Religious Freedom Report
The United States Department of State has recently issued their 2013 International Religious Freedom Report. The report is available on HumanRights.gov and State.gov and it provides a worldwide reference for governemnts, organizations, professional, scholars, journalists and interested citizens.

Key developments in the 2013 report includes the “largest” displacement of religious communities across the globe, including Christians, Muslims, Hindus and other religious groups. The report also reviews the repression of religious freedom by governments and countries of “particular concern.”

“Around the world, individuals were subjected to discrimination, violence and abuse, perpetrated and sanctioned violence for simply exercising their faith, identifying with a certain religion, or choosing not to believe in a higher deity at all.” – U.S. Dept. of State

Children of Syria
Tanenbaum Peacemaker Hind Kabawat describes her experience teaching conflict resolution at a refugee camp in Syria. Her account reveals the meaningful existence that these training sessions can bring for youth – and how ISIS affiliated groups target youth within refugee camps to fill the void that these children and teens are experiencing.