The Middle East’s Christian Diaspora

 

ICC Note: Iraq, a country with a long Christian history stretching to Jesus’ time, is facing the extinction of one of its oldest living communities. From the 1.3 million Christians that once occupied Iraq in 2003 to the 400,000 left today, many communities fear that they will witness the end of Christian life in Iraq. Many have fled to neighboring countries. Many more are still attempting to escape the violent persecution felt through government crackdowns and ISIS (ISIL, IS) related persecution. Many large communities have been broken up and scattered all over the world, congregating in places like San Diego, California, Arizona, Chicago and Las Vegas. As the sectarianism worsens in Iraq, many still cling to the hope that their country will return to peace and Christians may safely return to their communities.

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