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Iraq Most Dangerous Place for Christians?

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“The two largest Christian neighborhoods of Dora and Karada are now void of all Christians,”

By Chris Mitchell

January 25, 2008 Iraq (CBN News)-An Englishman who pastors a church in Baghdad says the city is the most dangerous place in the world to be a Christian.

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He claims Baghdad remains the most dangerous place in the world. He told CBN News what life has been like for Baghdad Christians in the past year.

“The two largest Christian neighborhoods of Dora and Karada are now void of all Christians,” White said. “They had bullets put through their doors, they had letters warning them to leave, and they were given a choice – either you pay the Jizya tax or you convert to Islam, or we kill you. Of my church in Iraq , I have 1300 members in my church in Baghdad and we have six men left. All the rest have been kidnapped or killed.”

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“Many Christians have had to leave their homes,” White said. “They’re now sleeping in churches, including the major Assyrian churches in Karada. They do not have food. they do not have water. They do not have rent money. and so being part of church and the work of church is not just providing a place for them to worship the Almighty, it is providing every need in life.”

A Call to People in the West

White points out many Christians have returned to Baghdad simply because they’re no longer allowed to stay in Syria or Jordan .

“(People in the West) should know we cannot survive without their help and their support. We need them at this time,” he said. ” They are your brothers and sisters. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, they belong to you. They love you and they see that they’re part of a community and sometimes they say to me, ‘why don’t our brothers and sisters in the West help us?’ And I say to them, ‘I don’t know.'”

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A Bright Future Ahead

Despite the hard road, White sees a bright future for the Middle East . He says in Isaiah 19, the Bible predicts a holy highway will one day stretch from Egypt through Israel all the way to Assyria or modern day Iraq .

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