Over the weekend, while the world’s gaze was on Gaza and Syria, the situation of Christians in northern Iraq took a sharp turn for the worse, with thousands forced to flee their homes. The situation is so dire that a social media campaign has been launched to try to reclaim the very symbol of persecution against these Christians and to try and raise awareness about their fate. read more »
This Christian Iraqi family fled the town of Qaragosh, 30km east of Mosul, in June 2014, after militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) took control of Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq. Photo: IRIN/Louise Redvers read more »
MOSCOW, July 22 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow is concerned over persecutions of Christians living in the north-west of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Tuesday. read more »
According to the Croatin Catholic website Muslims in the town of Maalouli, just north of Syria recently crucified two Christian teenagers for refusing to convert to Islam.
The report states that two young Christian boys were attacked and told that they needed to renounce Christianity. When they would not they were then tortured and when they still refused to renounce their faith they were crucified. - A newly favored method of killing for these groups. read more »
Iraq’s Christian leaders have just made a desperate cry for help. Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of Iraq’s Catholic church, has issued an appeal “to all who have a living conscience in Iraq and all the world.” read more »