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Nine Iraqi Christian churches and monasteries bombed this week as Iraqi Christians face persecution and are threatened with extinction

ICC Note

“Now is the time for America ‘s Christian leaders to intensify efforts to protect Christians in Iraq and urge the U.S. government to help Iraqis practice their faith freely and openly,”

By Michael Ireland

Friday, January 11, 2008 Iraq (ANS) — Religious persecution continues in Iraq as nine Christian houses of worship were bombed this week.

According to Christian Solidarity International (CSI), the attackers used both car bombs and explosive charges in an effort to wipe out churches and monasteries in Baghdad , Mosul and Kirkuk . At least six people were wounded.

Concerned not only about saving lives and securing the country for Christian refugees to return home, CSI foresees the possible “extinction” of the Christian community in Iraq . Working to turn the tide, CSI is launching “Save Iraqi Christians,” a movement calling for greater action against the crisis facing Christians in Iraq .

CSI is providing emergency humanitarian aid, including food and basic items, to help these peaceful victims survive but they also need physical protection. The organization is working to prevent the extinction of Christians in Iraq — either through death or forced emigration.

“I received in Iraq accounts of a devastating wave of bombings, beheadings, kidnappings, death threats, vandalism and discrimination against Christians in Iraq who are persecuted by their own countrymen — Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish extremists,” said Dr. John Eibner, CEO of Christian Solidarity International (USA).

As a result of this persecution, approximately half of Iraqi Christians — 400,000 — have fled the country since 2003. Many of those who remain in Iraq are internally displaced. Prior to the fall of Saddam Hussein, Christians made up approximately three percent of the country’s population.

“Now is the time for America ‘s Christian leaders to intensify efforts to protect Christians in Iraq and urge the U.S. government to help Iraqis practice their faith freely and openly,” said Eibner. “We’re urging all people to join the effort to ‘Save Iraqi Christians.'”

For more than 30 years Christian Solidarity International has been a voice for victims of religious repression. The organization stands in solidarity with persecuted Christian communities and works to ensure every human being has the God-given right to choose and practice his or her faith.

CSI advocacy and humanitarian campaigns have contributed substantially to the liberation of thousands of slaves and other Christian captives in Sudan and throughout the world.