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Lebanon

Lebanon

Lebanon

HOSTILE

Capital
Beirut

Size
In area, a little smaller than Connecticut.

Main Languages
Arabic, French, English, Armenian

Time
At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Lebanon.

History
Lebanon gained independence from France in 1943. A civil war from 1975 until 1990 destroyed many lives and much property. Tensions and violence have continued off and on. 

Religion
In the 1940s, the majority of the people in Lebanon were Christians. By the 1970s, Muslims had become the majority. Muslims began to demand an equal part in running the country. When they did not think their demands were being met, a civil war began. Many thousands of people were killed during the war. Today more than half the people in Lebanon are Muslims.

Persecution
The constitution of Lebanon says that citizens are free to follow the religion that they choose. Persecuted Christians from nearby countries sometimes seek sanctuary in Lebanon. The main danger to Christians is from radical Muslims among the citizens. In addition, Muslims who leave Islam to follow Jesus are persecuted by their families and other Muslims.


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