By Kristin Wright- Director of Advocacy at Open Doors USA The onslaught of ISIS jihadists in Iraq has ignited a refugee crisis of vast proportions. Among those targeted are Iraqi Christians, who face an increasingly dire plight. “The situation was already bleak but now it has got a whole deal worse,” according to John Pontifex, spokesperson for the UK branch of Aid to the Church in Need. The number of Christians in Iraq has dwindled for years ‘ and now believers find themselves threatened with extinction. “The next days will be very bad. If the situation does not change, Christians will be left with just a symbolic presence in Iraq,” says Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako, based in Baghdad. “If they leave, their history is finished.” For Kirkuk’s Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Youssif Mirkis, the decreasing presence of Christians in Iraq is a tragedy. “Our presence was a symbol of peace, but there’s so much panic and few Christians see their future in Iraq,” he says. According to UNHCR, some 10,000 people have fled from Christian communities in Qaraqosh, near Mosul, within the past week. Many took refuge in Erbil, having fled with what little possessions they could take with them. Some sources say that an estimated 300,000 Iraqis have arrived in the Kurdistan region from Mosul’s Nineveh province. Iraq is ranked #4 on Open Doors’ World Watch List. You can take action to support refugees like Iraq’s suffering Christians. With your support, Open Doors is helping Christians to rebuild their lives in the wake of trauma like this. Thank you for helping to support these courageous believers. Support Refugees Like Those From Iraq
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