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Iraq : Is nowhere safe for Christians?

ICC Note

“I am sad to say that the emigration of Christian families that we have seen in places like Mosul and Baghdad has now begun to affect the Nineveh area.”

09/29/2009 Iraq (ACN News)-CHRISTIANS in Iraq are beginning to flee the only place where they thought they were safe – their ancient homelands in the Nineveh plains.

Reports have come in from clergy in the north of the country that in the past few months, a slow but steady emigration has got under-way from the villages and towns close to Mosul city, which trace their heritage back to the earliest Christian centuries.

It comes after warnings of another blow to the Church expected in the immediate run-up to the January 2010 general elections.

With government ministers publicly expecting a surge in violence as people prepare to go to the polls, Church leaders fear that a new security crisis could spark another mass exodus of Christians, which in some areas may mean the departure of the last remaining faithful.

Speaking from northern Iraq today (Monday, 28th September), Fr Warda told the charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians: “I am sad to say that the emigration of Christian families that we have seen in places like Mosul and Baghdad has now begun to affect the Nineveh area.

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