“This is our country, help us preserve Christian roots”

El Kaa is a small town situated on the Syria-Libya border. Founded by a Libyan prince 450 years ago, it has maintained its value as a small Christian “fortress.” Today, the country finds itself surrounded by destruction and violence – on one side, Hezbollah; on the other, ISIS.

Nevertheless, El Kaa can resist. Despite serious economic disadvantage, the country takes in more than 15,000 refugees in addition to its residents. The sense of belonging among the inhabitants is strong, as Amalia Awald explains. “We have never left because this is our homeland.” Fadel, another member of the village, asks for help from “other Christians” so this stops happening, hoping to preserve Christian roots.