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contrast of the cathedral. people 12 o m d w. this is discover your news live from berlin india is hit by a 2nd wave of the corona virus as new cases soar to almost 100000 for a 2nd day in a row state leaders call on prime minister narendra modi to open up vaccinations to more people also coming up a top official of the european medicines agency says there is a link between the astra zeneca corona virus vaccine and blood clots the vaccine
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regulator is expected to give a full statement in the next few hours. goes to the russian city of saratov to meet a communist politician who is determined to have his voice heard in the duma. european union leaders had to turkey for talks with president after years of tensions can the turkish leader get what he wants to turn a new page. ads manchester city want to sign him red hot striker erling holland but tonight they'll have to make do with him playing for the other side in the face dortmund in the champions league. was god it's good to have you with us. indian state leaders are calling for a wider vaccination rollout as the country faces a staggering surge in corona virus cases nearly 97000 new infections were reported
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on tuesday hovering near monday's record high a senior health official says india's fight against covered 1000 over the next 4 weeks will be very very critical. hospitals across india are seeing an influx of patients with covert 19 and they're turning up in record numbers the rising cases is leading medical experts to warn that this wave could be stronger than the 1st with new variants reported from south africa brazil and the u.k. the enough of the 6 positive before we have this and that but. it is not the single person in the family. because you can boast of. the majority of cases are in the state of mind russia home to india's financial capital mumbai nearly 60 percent of all of india's new cases were found here in just over the last 2 weeks curfew is now in place with tightened lockdown restrictions and it's being
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welcomed by some. under the lockdown is imposed that hadley's people will stay home safe and the corona virus will be under control. the government has issued almost 80000000 vaccines it hopes to inoculate 300000000 people by the end of july and last week it opened its vaccine drive to those over 45 years old. but the coronavirus hasn't stopped politicians running for regional elections knowledge gatherings continue in several states talk to say not enough is being done to contain that risk and warned that cases may believe in the coming weeks if i were. in that group behavior which is the one thing for this right so i think the whole country needs to understand and start practicing it from to be don't go out of the house and if necessary avoid. people collecting in closed rooms maintain
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social distancing and never never step out of your house without them ah so many him may have thought the pandemic was behind them but now india may have to prepare for another deadly few months. let's go right to delhi for more we can speak to a public health expert dr joe is the south asia head at the center for disease dynamics economics and policy thank you so much for joining us here on d w let's start 1st of all with this new surge in inspections how worried are you about this. i thank you for having your quote this is definitely what is that those speed over the rise of infections has been know something that is of concern. are driving this more than 91 percent of cases in deaths in the country on ash at this current year aisle and the speed at which that eases
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advising and in in this case also the mortality numbers that i think is something that is an issue of concern that's interesting is that 10 states are really driving this new surge what is happening in the states that's leading to so many more infections well it's a mix of a lot of factors but most importantly the behaviors would be tested in and you know with the fall in the number of cases and over the last 15 and chasing it was a sense of or a little belief amongst the people that you know it's about to go over at 19 these but it's come back because if it is it could be divided and it would always be impatient so it's come back with a vengeance there's been pleased social interactions that because of the culture change of season and the waiting to be than coming in so all of these that goes which people are not very musts but also interacting more freely has led to this rising number of invention pandemic fatigue that's something we're seeing really
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all over the world i mean you also mentioned wedding season what about larger gatherings is that really a big factor as well. well yes definitely as we all know i mean the more the number of people the greater the interaction ended the chance of transmission not goodenough by this and or with the changing of the then we had a lot of us looking through their students you know in the religious festivals for different religions within the country and waiting for these interviews would be very large in india even with the cast of not more than 50 or 60 individuals these were not very strictly enforced as it is now as the beginning demeaning lax behavior to vote not wearing must send in the meaning feely and even a small infection like a call girl you know of god for a change or of the will very likely is driving this surge this anger as the biggest one ok from your perspective what do you think needs to be done now danny did does
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india need a tough new lockdown or so that's a nation's as has been suggested been they open up to more people well locked down no more solution for you know what the scene of. the street we are actually in this disease because you have to speak but definitely you have to have smartest strategies one which the country already undertaking is opening up vaccination for more aid groups so we have not been close to people in more than 45 years and about people going in for a vaccination irrespective of any one what would you do yes but also they believe the need for smarter tasting interesting and many knockdowns as even though it's the head of eames in india has said you know that you have to be good it got a good strategy where the are finding more cases have very strict enforcement of the law going measures plus there is still billions so you know it makes no difference between a 1st track exactly by this stream going on. got it in for dr
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justin joshing joining us from delhi very good to have you with us. now a senior official of the european medicines agency has said there is a link between the astra zeneca covert 1000 vaccine and blood clots last week germany suspended routine use of the vaccine in people under 60 years of age that was after 9 people who had received the vaccine died from rare blood clotting the a.m.a. is expected to issue an update to its advice later today and let's get some perspective on the story now from the u.k. we're joined by dr julian tang he's a virus just in the city of leicester welcome to d w that we keep seeing the astra zeneca vaccine being linked to these rare blood clots and i want to get your opinion on this how safe is this vaccine ok so the 1st thing the say that this that scene is safer than having the virus itself in $1000.00 causes lots of complications including blood clots and
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a much higher frequency than the vaccine so relative to the virus itself if the vaccine is safe. there are concerns however about these rare blood clots that we're seeing do we know what factors make people more likely to develop these clots. ok so there's a difference here the natural infection causes more clotting complications and older male patients and those who have diabetes and obesity so the authors of the vaccine propose of those effect we seem to see this in younger females so it was the opposite picture to what we see with the virus infection i suspect all of this is linked to come home from farms response that you seen some people and not in others in both the vaccine response of those folks as well as the virus national infection what about in the u.k. because you know that millions of people have received the astra zeneca vaccine there already has the data shown similar cases of these blood clots there. yes so
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those generally is 30 cases of which 7 have died in the younger population and they're not trying to propose into a strict the others and get to those who are older. like the over 30 is for example part of the problem is that you can actually the so many people up to the age of 50 over the age of 50 now restricts the attitude of the vaccine see much older people than 50 so a slightly different from the scandinavian and european approach so i know that in germany and in sweden and in canada it restricts the vaccine to those who are over 55. and that's to protect the younger population that seems to be more vulnerable to this severe adverse effects of the asters and the vaccine europe mentioned there the different approaches that we're seeing in europe like here in germany only offered to people over the age of 60 so what do you think is the right approach the right way to administer this vaccine. so the people most vulnerable to severe
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disease and death from cuba 1000 of the older people and we're seeing fewer of these adverse effects from the vaccine in the older population so giving the vaccine to the old over sixty's it was 55 seems to be a good idea to actually you know hit 2 birds. with one stone essentially where you have the cutoff of the human populations difficult to say it was also you have other problems with vaccine supply locally as well as the other factors may have other adverse effects as well as we see in the files that were done about scenes last year say in launch numbers so i think everybody will have a different profile to try and figure out which population best benefit from the fact seeing with the few side effects going forward and looking at their relatively few of these are those effects with the others and the vaccine so far with more and more cases going forward and i think there will be more you must see a more kind of universal profile of who comes and to make these docs
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recommendations for the 2 sons of vaccine you have to leave it there dr julian tang a viral just in leicester thank you so much for joining us. thank you. well many people around the world may be asking how their governments could have been better prepared for a pandemic they might want to look to chile for some answers the latin american country had established times with the chinese biopharmaceutical company sign of back long before the covered 1000 pandemic began and although chileans are still facing coronavirus restrictions there on your credit vaccination campaign has gotten off to an encouraging start. father christian has hung on is leading the lord's prayer in the side aisle of his church san fernando rey the rest of the building has been reserved for a more urgent matter under the eyes of st francis chileans are being vaccinated against the corona virus an injection in the house of god. we have agreed to
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serve as a vaccination center after all we are currently in a state of war so we also have to help our country and the people of. chile as health department is making use of churches across the country to roll out the vaccine this small nation is one of the fastest in the world and getting it done but it's not just the church's stadiums and parks are also part of chile's vaccination campaign there are solutions that aren't hindered by bureaucracy and that's one reason why chile's vaccination program is such a success another reason is this man alexis. the university biochemist made the crucial contact with china so that chile could get hold of millions of vaccine doses early on. our scientific contacts were instrumental in getting a contract in place early on that committed sign of act to supply chile in a timely and prioritized manner. as well as the
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contract it was also important that chile's researchers could demonstrate the vaccines efficacy. arrogances involvement has helped to build confidence here in the chinese vaccine while germany still had reservations about it the university's rector explains. before the study only 50 percent of chileans trusted the active ingredient from china now things are different because we were able to credibly show that it works today more than 80 percent trust the vaccine. but despite the vaccine success the infection rate in chile is rising sharply so a strict lockdown has been imposed again anyone out on the streets needs a permit. but why are infection rates rising despite progress in the vaccination campaign apparently many chileans became careless. we're coming out of
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the chilean summer and people wanted to relax. they didn't always protect themselves the beaches were full many people went back to having parties even though they were forbidden. so for now people in chile will just have to be patient before they get their freedom back. let's take a look now at some other headlines north korea has become the 1st country to drop out of this year's tokyo olympics authorities say they made the decision to protect athletes from covert 19 south korea has expressed regrets over the decision saying it had hoped the games would provide an opportunity to improve relations. with the rest. as are searching for dozens of people still missing after floods and landslides the way villages in indonesia and east timor over the weekend indonesia's disaster agency says at least 86 people have died that is
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a lower death toll than previously reported authorities say a miscommunication with local agencies was to blame and top diplomats are meeting in austrian capital vienna for talks aimed at salvaging the iran nuclear deal the u.s. wants to revive the accord which former president trump withdrew from in 2018 iran is refusing direct talks calling for sanctions to be lifted 1st european nations will mediate between the 2 sides. top european union officials are meeting with russia area one in uncorrupt today to see how serious the turkish president is about repairing relations are one rolled out the blue carpet for his counterparts he said he wishes to turn a new page in relations with the e.u. the european leaders have criticized turkey's record on human rights and increasingly assertive foreign policy in recent years officials hope the rare meeting will lead to a new chapter in relations after a period of unprecedented tensions. thousands of istanbul citizens protesting
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turkey suisun decision to leave the convention named after their city a treaty aimed at fighting violence against women it's one of many points of dispute between turkey and its neighbor the european union but since the end of last year relations seem to have improved turkey has toned down its rather break and shown renewed interest in reconnecting with you that's been welcomed in brussels is specially since a bloc relies on turkey to take in migrants its part in the e.u. turkey deal we will further gauge with turkey on issues such as migration financing high level dialogues and modernizing the customs union if turkey does not move forward construction constructively if it returns to you never actual actions or problem cations in particular in the eastern mediterranean of course we would suspend these corp measures relations reach a low point when turkey started drilling in the mediterranean sea in areas that
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countries crease in cyprus consider their territory turkey has now put the sixty's and hold but there are other strains certain relations for example turkey and the use diversion policies on regional conflicts like libya and syria and you officials have also highlighted their concerns over democratic standards in turkey so if the e.u. and turkey are now hoping for a new chapter in their relations cooperation between the 2 will likely remain fragile our correspondent there in jones is standing by for us in istanbul hi dorian can you tell us how significant today's meeting is and what both sides are hoping to get out of it. well this is being presented as potentially a pivotal moment in turkish e.u. relations but unity of a reset this is what diplomats are talking about and laying down a framework where the 2 turkey in the e.u.
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could start to work constructively to bleed together this comes after a year of turmoil between the 2 and the fact that the 2 senior e.u. officials are coming to turkey in a time when people very travel for face to face meetings is seen as a major diplomatic victory for turkey in itself and this is very much a reward for turkey starting to go see asians with its neighbor greece which is an e.u. member the 2 countries have even threaten the possibility of military conflict over ongoing territorial disputes in the chin and the mediterranean and the fact now that turkey is talking with greece this is seen by the e.u. as taking a more constructive approach and very much a reward for that approach now they will be looking for concrete measures to look for a framework going forward between the 2 very much important neighbors. or. is that still on the table. no i think the.
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turkey is still officially and e.u. accession applicant few people believe that that is going to happen in the in the near or far distant future what we're seeing here now i think is an efforts for mapping out a relationship where turkey eason seen as an e.u. member but still a fact that that they can work together going forward and turkey is so important to the e.u. and to put it in the terms of this migration deal turkey's infectivity europe the gate keeper from migrants and refugees entering your role to continue they will be talking about money and they will also be offering the incentive of what visa free travel liberalization also a customs union agreement modernize seize a key things that turkey want these are seen as a carrot to the e.u. believe they can offer to keep turkey on the the constructive road but speaking to you speaking to human rights groups and people there is a growing fear that the talk of human rights is now being slid off the agenda as pragmatism now the order of the day few expect that the e.u. will criticize turkey over what is seen as remarkable to to ration human rights
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only last week the 2nd main opposition party has a kosher case opened up against it by state prosecutors and turkey's pulled out of this women's stumble convention which has drawn international criticism but little fallout is expected between turkey and the e.u. correspondent dorian jones in istanbul thank you. russia is vestey a newspaper is reporting that jailed opposition politician alexina vonnie has been moved to a sick ward a kremlin critic was jailed and said no ari and has been on a hunger strike since last wednesday to protest the lack of medical care with parliamentary elections less than 6 months away authorities are cracking down on kremlin critics but they could be facing new threats including from within the traditionally loyal communist party. traveled to the southwestern city of saratov where she met a local politician who is determined not to be silenced. in the footsteps of lenin. sees himself as
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a politician of the people just like his communist forefathers but he has a huge social media presence. because you tube channel has over a 1000000 subscribers fight for your rights is the motto here. his social media accounts show him fighting against corruption and for more equality including as a representative in the regional south of parliament and beyond that ankara doesn't shy away from criticizing the kremlin and the ruling united russia party. it's your actions the actions of the russian government of your president of your united russia party you gave our national riches away to oligarchs. now bund that anchor is facing what he says is a political campaign against him local politicians have accused him of corruption for monetizing his social media accounts he could face a criminal case that could prevent him from running in the upcoming dumas elections
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. the government is afraid of people uniting uniting around a concrete political program which provides an alternative to the course they have taken. throughout my whole career during the many hours of live streams online or in my videos i never asked people to follow nicholai blundering co. i'm just asking people to be political if you don't like what i say follow your own line the main thing is to not give up. in russia there are traces of the soviet past everywhere including in south of the communist party is still popular here and across the country even though critics say the party ultimately follows the kremlin line but even russia's so-called systemic opposition parties have recently become an outlet for people's anger at the government. last. here the arrest of a popular governor from the right wing liberal democratic party led to weeks of
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protests in russia's far eastern city of hama. every monday nicolai has his office hours the 35 year old spends most of the day with constituents people stand in line for support with issues from benefit applications to problems with corruption. i've placed my hopes and bonded in co i heard how he talks to people and i've heard his speeches. in russia they don't like people who tell the truth it's always been that way so if he's trying to get the truth out to people naturally he becomes undesirable to the government will if you can see how he acts at all as parliamentary session c.i.'s uncomfortable questions the authorities don't like that but. experts agree that the kremlin might try to keep people like john that anchor out of federal politics. ahead of the duma lections the kremlin makes clear arrangements with the main opposition parties about which candidates can run and what results they should get they don't want to let anyone in who will
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rock the boat. but despite attempts to intimidate him isn't ready to give up. people today are hungry for justice and for truth they don't trust the authorities on the whole so i went into politics to prove to citizens that lawmakers can work honestly. to cheers. and that encourage is already preparing his campaign for the duma elections and he hopes he will be allowed a fair fight. sports and football manchester city manager pep guardiola says he thinks it's possible his club could mount a bid to sign dortmund superstar hall and his comments came as a surprise he previously said the club could not meet the enormous asking price the timing was also interesting ordeal as club played dortmund in the 1st leg of a champions league quarter final on tuesday. we already knew pitt guardiola wanted a champions league title as much as anyone but we didn't know it was that beyond
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victory against dortmund on tuesday night he also like so many others wants the german side's most prized position in holland if he's trained seriously goal of the season. that they just called his amount of what is not easy to find in the past honestly so i think 20 years old with the numbers speak for speak for himself yeah it's a fantastic striker and everybody knows it's a blank guy who will realise that with a striker. that's why some say the price could be as high as 150000000 euros and maybe that's why pick guardiola was not just papering price on holland but trying to gently persuade the club's iraqi ownership to spend like it never spent before so far the club had decided not to spend. not close 100000000 or more than 100000000 for a plane maybe in the future is going to happen when the club decide it's necessary
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for improved to teach the club the team for the next 510 years for many reasons how 2 months left to run on the current season and every of a suitable will have to white but now it seems not so much if you believe brochure dortmund but rather from where exactly which flag. up next our documentary series close up look at the future for serious christian community.
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or hundreds of thousands of syrian christians. more want to live here. one of the oldest religious communities in the world is on the verge of. middle eastern christians around the world are intrinsically watching the development. in
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take on the world. all this is where all of the stories that matter to you. on the phone to me saying. we are here is actually on fire. lines. a growing number of christians from the middle east now live in germany. kurt has been here for decades he was born in southeastern turkey. but the. in recent years many have come from syria where christianity is fast disappearing does it it's not
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the 1st time this has happened in the middle east there are always wars and in the end if the christians lose. power lose courage is seeking to help. he's come to syria to find out what he can do to alleviate the situation and to encourage the last remaining christians not to leave. will his journey succeed. his 1st destination a clinic in the town of sadat in western syria he hasn't come empty handed this ambulance is as good as new one final check. e.c.g. monitor is there ever so i found that you. know that us it is get it in a few minutes paolo's card and heinz neff will hand over the vehicle. it was
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transported from germany by ship. the ambulance has been completely renewed thanks to 30000 euros in donations. volunteers worked on it for 2 years members of a catholic association in germany also helped find sneath is one of. a qualified paramedic he goes through the equipment on board with one of the doctors at the clinic. the hospital's own ambulance was destroyed by islamist militants. many of those who donated to the new vehicle were initially concerned about giving money to a country ruled by a dictator but in the end the desire to help in the face of human need prevailed you mention here for time going to people here have suffered a lot and had a lot stolen from them you can see the state of the previous. pieces by almost for militants and court. orders is what's important for us is to help people whether
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there's an autocratic governments in power or a free to elected parliament or whatever. is ready to go staff at the clinic are delighted. they say it will help save lives. it's very much needed because the next time spill is 45 kilometers away and we have no specialist doctors here every time we need to transfer patient we need a vehicle but there just aren't any often you can't even order a private car the end violence will serve more than $15000.00 people not just here inside out but also the surrounding villages. the ambulance is the 1st major project for polio skirts small aid organization he knows what it is to flee fighting he was a refugee himself when he came to germany in 1980 this is a big moment for him. this is a cup when i see that bust up ambulance. i can't put into words how happy and
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proud i am that these people now have this samuel of. the year that. used to be home to many christians the same is quickly shared with other syrians back in germany hi there the ambulance. all with their own acts for. freedom in germany where. rania fled syria 4 years ago and now lives in germany she works for the aid organization which is why she was given special permission by the german immigration authorities to return here just for a few days. time for another quick photo of her friends and donors back in germany. suddenly a man comes by on a moped the group knows him how your child
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a honeymoon was previously a refugee in germany to. how you know you well. those who are shut the honeymoon and bites his old friends back to his house. because he. fled syria to escape the islamic state group rather than the assad regime he and his family faced no problems when they return. now he works as a self-employed car mechanic. that. he and his wife and children are living here sharing with another family. they hope it's just a temporary solution. rania wants to know if shanti and his family need any help to she can't understand why they return voluntarily i think less often you know what made you leave germany and come back here when. i came back because i wasn't doing well mentally. and that i had no work and nothing to do just spent
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24 hours a day thinking about everything. i need work to distract me and pass the time while i was in germany but my thoughts were here in the sadat sort of money market is i'm not planning to return there's nothing here for me that my son says mom i'm not going back i'm studying i'm working i don't want to lose my future my daughter is doing her high school diploma aren't you worried about your family and children if the ins return fire is you that mother thought. no it's completely safe here. but much of my mind that there were bomb attacks yesterday or the homes is completely safe syria is completely safe right through to iraq is the father would you go back if the militants returned. to germany probably. running or asks his daughter lane if she wants to go to germany yes she does she tells us she loves going to school in germany lane shows us around the home and this is the living
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room she says. the this is the bedroom for the entire family. this is and this is the kitchen where they all cooked together. the honeymoon is not typical most christians aren't keen to return to syria. the assad dynasty has ruled the country since 1971 the personality cult surrounding the president is all too evident and so are the scars of war. there are roadblocks everywhere. journalists are not allowed to move freely in syria. at least one person from the information ministry escorted us whenever we felt for security reasons we were told.
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that the capital damascus is still a bustling center of life. all appears calm here and relatively normal. but appearances can be deceiving. the old city which remains largely intact has numerous control posts and a host of security officials who we are not allowed to film. the fear of terrorist attacks is very real there is also rampant inflation the war and international sanctions have driven prices through the roof the syrian pound is constantly losing value. even the man selling sweets deals with huge bundles of money. that's one of our sanctions the problem i asked her if yes they're driving up the prices says this trader. it's a crisis with no indian site for syria's war weary population. not far from the market is the official residence of the head of the syriac orthodox
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church. paulose and members of his a group international society of oriental christians are here to talk to the patriarch about new projects you know. the ambulance for saddam was just a start. they've waited weeks for this appointment with the patriarch. not c s i from the 2nd meets them in person. the patriarch is the spiritual leader of millions of syriac orthodox christians all over the world. he has no illusions about the future of christians in syria as he tells us in a rare interview. if i have to look at it as the christian situation in syria i would say that numbers have almost.
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been reduced by half unfortunately. those who are still here some of them are still looking forward to leaving syria. does in such situation we believe that it's important for us to strengthen our presence and i would contribution to syria because of that. the decrease in numbers we have to double 0 if it's and to be stronger in our situations in order to. prove ourselves as citizens and also to be able to help that it's of the syrian brothers us is that really with what many centuries all over the world the. audience here at the cathedral of st george in damascus the psalms are sung in aramaic the language spoken by jesus christ the syriac orthodox denomination sees
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itself in the tradition of the early church the 1st christians came to damascus 2000 years ago. patriarchic not he was africa has been in office since 2014. even at the height of the syrian civil war he stayed mostly in damascus. he rejects criticism from the west that he and his church have sold out to the assad regime. we have been encouraged to act with many politicians and leaders in the west and i'm sorry to say that they have failed to understand our situation they have followed the main line politics of the west. they look at christians in particular as collaborators as people supporting this regime or that and this is not the case of course it hurts us to see people in the west accusing us of office standing on
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the side while we think they are on the wrong side of history. so why does the patriarch believe the west is on the wrong side of history on syria for more insight we made with. a german expert on eastern christianity he spent years living in the middle east and knows many of the church leaders personally. mark undersea in the fuselage at the patriarch is just taking care of his flock. and it's quite simply the case that all the christians in syria believe that the conditions they've experienced on the bashar al assad and his father before. good as it gets in a state like syria. those into the best move and there's always the fear that if things change fundamentally then the situation for the christians could looks very different for example if radical islamists like the muslim brotherhood kinds of house. so preventing the top priorities. in the
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newsletter the cure your victims to steal. prefers to stay out of politics he just wants to help his fellow christians in their time of need. when the people talk a lot but they don't actually do anything to help it as someone who has been through these things i see it as my duty and my calling to help and support people in a situation like this for help and. running as focus is elsewhere right now she's longing to see her parents again and is planning a visit her family lives quite a distance from damascus. so i haven't seen them for 4 years. i feel like my heart has stopped beating a bit of. we
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had north to visit rania's parents. while some areas have been reduced to rubble others remain untouched protected by checkpoints. our destination is an area known as the valley of christians in the province of homs where ronnie is mother and the entire family are waiting expectantly the war torn rania's family apart her parents village hasn't been destroyed but it was behind the front line meaning rania was cut off from her family. because the amount of the it's incredible to think she's on her way here. given i'm so happy. because. this is not the most of the good i'm very happy about that any mother in my position would be happy to see her daughter again it's been 5 years since we've
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seen her that she had to flee we were very worried about her she left on her own and has been through a lot. for the past week they've been waiting impatiently for rania to reach them. for years the only contact they've had with their daughter has been on the phone. and my darling.
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we're so happy that she came back and you got to take you and your children. i'm so happy to see my mother and father my uncles and until my friend here i'm going i'm very happy. about your ma. only just got out of homs in time. she lived near here in the city of homs together with her husband and children along with many other christians she never wants to come back here again. this neighborhood can only be accessed with a special permit from syria's military intelligence service palms was a center of the uprising against assad. the city came under
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rebel control the christians suffered greatly and during the long government siege to retake the city conditions were desperate. since 2017 the whole of homs has been back under government control. nature is gradually taking over. most residents were able to escape many now live in germany. but a few have returned and are now living in the ruins. it's mainly the older generation that have come back to their former neighborhood like swat and her husband she says homs was like hell on earth. did not of the good when i came back i didn't recognize our apartment every. thing was burned up destroyed or had collapsed so it makes me sad at 1st i fainted at the
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sight i was as white as a sheet looking at all this houses apartments everything gone they left nothing. what my along. sue aren't witnessed terrible things but still she's hoping that her neighbors will return and things will be as they were before. there was a woman who just wanted to cross the street the street with her children they attacked them and shot them all day had they shot the woman her husband and the children what can i say seeing the bodies lying on the street was terrifying just as. bad is that. can she ever forgive the murderers. that none of them know i'm not forgiving them it's impossible i would somehow that he forgive everything but what happened here i
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wasn't normal but that we saw things with her own eyes said she could never have believed me has just not been there would eventually birds even the birds fled from those gonna feel so lucky to feel her with me. a few minutes drive away is the manzanar church and important syriac orthodox cathedral this site is said to have been a place of christian worship for 2000 years. the building was severely damaged in the fighting but has since been restored. the church is seen as an anchor by many oriental orthodox christians follow skirt included. this is my identity. throughout history we
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oriental orthodox christians have never had a state that represented us politically or practically it so the church was always the highest authority that has always represented us and so it's my identity. very often it's the churches that have been rebuilt 1st in syria without a church many see no hope of returning. polos continues his journey to the column on mountains near the lebanese border. the road passes through terrain that has remained unchanged for centuries. eventually we reach a small mountain village. home to an ancient christian
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community. the war came here to. in september 2013 and are not militants of the al qaeda affiliated al nusra front invaded the village days of fighting ensued between the militants and the government troops. buildings and artifacts dating back to antiquity were badly damaged some were directly targeted by the militants. right now things in manila are quiet. harlow's has arranged to meet professor knees are zob or he's a well known artist who has studied the history of syria and clued in this special place. he says that even during those terrible weeks back in 2013 there were courageous
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people who helped their neighbors. when the militants and the muslim residents from the village of. help the christians of mali. for some even hit the christians in their homes a few minutes of. this relatively peaceful coexistence between diverse cultural groups set syria apart before the war it is the 4th could you imagine syria without this diversity themes different religion it's really the saudi a few one plan which. syria has 18 different religious denominations and ethnic groups. in the midst of adversity is one of its most outstanding characteristic. of international you've looked around damascus and. other things how you expect them to be. now how do you. build that i thought i would only
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see what are the images with because. everything we saw in europe was dark and hopeless. but what i've noticed here now is that there is hope. and hope. but i do see that some people are fearful and this is an angst. and when i stand here i see the monastery on the one side that has been repaired i make last but on the other the hotel that still stands in ruins. this is why so there are 2 different pictures this is for me and it's not easy for me to imagine that all this will stop at some point. though i sincerely hope it will. be. but i would like europe to come and see where their own oil is how life here is and to newark of the slight of a ferry despite the sanctions passed by cultivated europe with all respect come and
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see how life syria is. looking at the destruction and the still relatively tense situation it's hard to imagine that this was once a popular tourist destination. footage from a german broadcaster dating back to 2001 shows the hotel in the village as it was a lively and beautiful place. visitors would come from all over the world to see them our sark it's the one of syria's oldest surviving monasteries with its famous icons and ancient altar. the rule. is one of the last remaining villages where aramaic is still spoken the language of jesus christ this is the lord's prayer in aramaic i wanna. get the sh'ma he said
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a mulcair just can you know. if me wish more head out of. the holy oman hopefully that was 20 years ago what happened to the young woman did she survive the war. after months of research we find she's still here when the islamist militants came she hid in a cave now she's happy to show us around the monastery and church. them at the embassy this is one of the oldest altars in christian. what the one about had just broken that you can still see the cracks but i stuck it back together. when we came back after madeleine was liberated we found it in 3 or 4 pieces just at about. order has been restored in the church and the dome rebuilt.
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who. i. really. no walk oh mother homo all i. know. bush home. all eat. cake. just. another sizable christian community is located in northern syria right near the turkish border. this footage was filmed in
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july 29th teen before turkey invaded the area. it's a predominantly kurdish region the kurds have long strived for political autonomy and traditionally oppose the assad regime. the footage shows many images of. the jailed founder of the kurdistan workers' party or p k k both turkey and the west see the p.k. k. as a terrorist group the turkish government views the local kurdish administration and all kurdish fighters as terrorists. in october 21000 turkish troops and allied militias invaded northern syria among them turkish back to jihadists. in the chaos there were many reports of islamic state militants escaping from kurdish jails. the
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local christians found themselves with nowhere to turn. caught up in the fighting targeted by the islamists but not natural allies of the kurds either i escape route to europe via turkey was blocked by the walled off order. and you've got there's no hope of escaping from this area beats the whole of turkey has been closed for a number of years it took a medically sealed and so the christians are forced to stay where they are because it gets women though it's a bloodless isn't. but what will the christians do if the situation in northern syria escalates. its women's if they're forced to flee then obviously they will somebody else a bit and savvy that could happen in the next few years. thanks
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