In the focus of Prof. Tamcke’s lecture are the Christian communities living in Eastern Ghouta, Syria and their sufferings during the occupation of this area by the anti-government forces, as well as during the siege laid by Syrian Government forces in 2016. The subject of analysis of the lecture is the letter of the Patriarch of the Antioch Ignatius Afrem II of the Syriac Orthodox Church sent to the secretary general of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse-Tveit. Patriarch Ignatius Afrem II accused the secretary general of the WCC for being biased, because his statement only stresses the Christian victims of the Government’s forces while totally neglecting the casualties of the rebellious Islamist groups.
Prof. Dr. Martin Tamcke is Professor of Ecumenical Theology, Oriental Church and Mission History at the Faculty of Theology at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen. He holds honorary doctorates from Joensuu University and Åbo Akademi University, Turku in Finland, Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu, Romania and Mahatma Gandhi University in Kottayam, India. His research focuses on the Christian cultures of the Near and Middle East with special emphasis on interreligious coexistence and oriental-occidental relations. He authored and edited more than 80