Wissam al-Saliby

November 29, 2013

UNHCR Beirut and Persecuted Arab Converts Seeking Refugee Status

By Wissam al-Saliby* Last Sunday, I drove a woman and her children to my Church service. She had escaped to Lebanon from a North African country following persecution. She had come to faith in Jesus Christ and become a Christian, but her family could not accept this. On the way […]
October 3, 2013

Children Participating in Syria’s Armed Conflict

By Wissam al-Saliby* The Syrian war has become one of the widest scale challenges to children’s rights. Recent global initiatives highlighted the need for mobilizing resources to provide education to hundreds of thousands of refugee and displaced children. In this post, I will highlight the issue of recruitment of children […]
August 22, 2013

A Christian, Rights-Based Approach to Egyptian Developments

By Wissam al-Saliby* As Egyptian developments unfold, many Christians in the Arab World and in the West are asking which position they can take to best preserve the Christian community from harm, and maintain its voice and role in Egypt. Media outlets, including satellite news channels, YouTube and Facebook, have […]
July 4, 2013

The Outlook for the Church in Sudan

*By Wissam al-Saliby The North African region of Sudan—governed by British and Egyptian authorities until 1956—has long been a hotbed for Muslim-Christian tensions. Embroiled in a conflict that spans two civil wars, it is comprised of a predominately Muslim Arab North Sudan and a predominantly Christian South Sudan. On July […]
May 2, 2013

Should Christians Advocate for the Respect of International Humanitarian Law in the Syrian Conflict?

*By Wissam al-Saliby The cornerstone principle in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) is the principle of distinction: You can only attack military targets and persons directly participating in the war; you can never attack civilians. The violation of this principle, such as indiscriminate attacks, would amount to a war crime.[1] In […]
February 27, 2013

Advocating Migrant Domestic Workers Rights in Lebanon

By Wissam al-Saliby* In the spate of 12 days in October 2009, I read in the newspapers of the death – presumed suicide – of four migrant domestic workers. The workers were either Nepalese or Ethiopian. Ethiopian Suicides Upon the fourth death, I went online and opened a blog that […]