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MARDIN, TURKEY: A Syriac priest climbs the stairs at the Syriac Orthodox Mor Gabriel monastery, in Turkish southeastern town of Midyat, 30 May 2004. The ancient Syriac Orthodox monastery outside this southeastern city is praying for a brighter future as Christians, forced out of their ancestral lands by economic hardship and an armed Kurdish insurgency, start trickling back to their villages. AFP PHOTO / TARIK TINAZAY. (Photo credit should read TARIK TINAZAY/AFP/Getty Images)