By Kristin Wright As the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, cuts a deadly path across northern Iraq, Christians and other minorities continue to flee for their lives. The violence and horror they are facing can seem overwhelming. Innumerable accounts of shocking violence against minorities continue to emerge. Speaking from San Diego over Skype, Chaldean-American businessman Mark Arabo described the horror facing Christian believers. “There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park,” he explained. “More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.” In the midst of the undeniable violence, Christian leaders are speaking out around the world. Rev. Federico Lombardi, a spokesman for Pope Francis, said on Thursday that the pontiff remains deeply concerned about the news coming from Iraq. “Christian communities are particularly affected; a people fleeing from their villages because of the violence that rages in these days, wreaking havoc on the entire region,” he said in a statement. As US airstrikes begin against militants in Iraq, and humanitarian aid drops are considered throughout the country, you can be a voice for Iraqi Christians. Here are three powerful ways to help make a difference for suffering believers in Iraq: Give to Help Iraqi Refugees Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced from their homes, often with only the clothes they were wearing ‘ forbidden by militants to take any money or valuables with them. Today, many families are in dire need of basic necessities. You can give to provide practical support including food, water, clothing, and shelter to Iraqi Christian families. Advocate There are many opportunities to advocate on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters throughout the world, including those fleeing the violence in Iraq. Sign up to receive our advocacy updates, and stay informed of opportunities to be a voice for persecuted believers. Spread the Word Share this article with your friends, and encourage them to get involved in helping Iraqi Christians. The more people who are aware of the tragedy facing Iraqi Christians, the greater our impact can be. Take a moment to raise awareness of the crucial plight of Iraqi Christians today. In his recent address, Rev. Lombardi quoted a prayer the Pope offered last month, expressing to persecuted Iraqi Christians that, “I know how much you suffer; I know that you are deprived of everything.” Thank you for being a voice for those who are suffering for their faith, in Iraq and around the world.
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