Iraqi Christians have “lost everything”, according to the so-called ‘Vicar of Baghdad’, Canon Andrew White.

“We have been through incredible persecution. So many of our people have been killed,” said the former pastor of St. George’s Church in Baghdad, speaking in London yesterday (19 April).

“My people have lost everything. But as one of my young people said, when asked why she looked so happy …. Once you’ve lost everything, Jesus is all you have left.”

White, who said Iraqi Christians have fled to neighbouring countries en masse, finally left himself last year, after acknowledging his own life was at risk.

“Basically, I’m more use alive than dead,” he said in November last year, as reported in the Huffington Post. White is now based in Jordan, having first relocated to Jerusalem.