Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2013]
SHE WAS ATTACKED - RAPED BY ABOUT 20 MUSLIMS AND AFTERWARDS MURDERED IN SYRIA.
WHAT WAS HER CRIME? "SHE WAS A CHRISTIAN"
MAY OUR DEAR LORD TAKE HER IN HIS ARMS...... AMEN!
Send this around all over this, OUR WORLD.
This is the real face of:
Wake up World.
(THEY DON'T WANT ANY RELIGION EXCEPT THEIR RELIGION "ISLAM" IN THE WORLD. ALL MUSLIMS ARE NOT THE TERRORISTS BUT THE TERRORISTS ARE ALL MUSLIMS. OUR COUNTRY SHOULD NOT ALLOW MUSLIMS ANY MORE. THEY WILL NEVER CHANGE THEIR BEHAVIOURS IN OUR SOCIETY. THEY WILL TAKE MORE ADVANTAGES AND MAKE MORE BELIEVERS FOR THEIR ISLAMIC SOCIETY.)
Before the two-year conflict — which the United Nations estimates has claimed more than 100,000 lives — Christians made up about
Many Christians feel that neither Assad nor the rebels represent their
George, a 51-year-old former car dealer who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals, said he originally supported AssadÃƒÂƒÃ‚ÂƒÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â‚ÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â‚ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â’s opponents, but that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) let him down once they took charge in Aleppo.
"When I saw BasharÃƒÂƒÃ‚ÂƒÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â‚ÃƒÂƒÃ‚Â‚ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â’s forces killing, beating and torturing Syrian citizens I was standing with the FSA," he said. "But when I saw that a lot of the Free Syrian Army doing the same I changed my position again. The FSA killed a lot of Syrian soldiers and civilians inside their prisons without enough evidence."
George, who fled the country three months ago with his wife Helena and their children for the coastal city of Mersin in Turkey, added that he was concerned by the rise of Islamist extremist groups in his homeland.
"They do not only pose a threat to the regime," he said. "The also pose a threat to the FSA and all other minorities."
However real depredations and violence against Christians by Muslim extremists in Syria may be, this image isn't evidence of those acts. The picture of the seemingly bloody and dead young woman is a staged one (the making of which involved no actual violence or injury) taken from a horror film, to which someone has added a fictitious backstory and an unrelated bit of Arabic text. The original is the work of Canadian special effects artist Remy Couture, who in 2012 was tried (and acquitted) of violating that country's obscenity laws:
The website was part of a personal project by Couture designed to raise the bar of his
Couture described it as a sort of "fake diary of a serial killer," complete with his own universe inspired by horror movies and literature. But there was no victim in the
Couture testified the reason behind the work was to highlight his skills and abilities as a master of special effects horror, and that the goal is to make his work look believable.
Last updated: 9 April 2015
Cheikhomar, Ammar. "Caught in the Middle: Christians Suffer Amid Syria's Civil War." ABCNews.com. 11 August 2013. Mroue, Bassem. "Iraqi al Qaeda and Syria Militants Announce Formal Merger." ABCNews.com. 9 April 2013. The Canadian Press. "Quebec Special Effects Artist Acquitted in Morals Case." CBC News. 22 December 2012.