Once home to one of the largest Christian communities in the Middle East, Iraq today is in danger of losing Christianity completely. The Islamic State group forced thousands of Christians to flee after it stormed through the Nineveh Plains in 2014. Some have now returned, following IS’s military defeat. But even with IS gone, in many areas of Iraq daily life is governed by Sharia (Islamic law) and Muslims are forbidden to leave Islam.
Louis Raphael I Sako.Lee Stranahan / Flickr / Creative Commons The Archbishop of Baghdad, Louis Raphael I Sako, has called on the West to help put an end to the “mortal exodus” of Christians from the Middle East. Sako, who is also Patriarch of Babylon, told a conference in […]
An increase in violence against Christians in northern Iraq has increased the flow of Christians leaving the country. The north, generally considered a relatively safe area of the country, had become home for many Christians fleeing from the tumultuous central and southern regions. However, several bombings in the north in […]
The body of Salem Dawood Coca, an Assyrian from Batnaya in northern Iraq, was found on July 8 in the truck he was driving when he was kidnapped on May 27. The Assyrian International News Agency reports the truck was rigged with explosives, prompting speculation Coca was being forced to […]
The adviser on Christian affairs to the Governor of Nineveh province in northern Iraq, Maajid Ibrahim Hannaa, has been injured in a suicide bombing near Mosul, which also killed three of his bodyguards. Related Articles:Iraqi Christians look homeward toward Mosul, uncertainlyIraq: 2 years since Nineveh fell to IS, displaced ChristiansMonk […]
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