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Christians at Risk in Northern Iraq

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Christians in Kirkuk are considering leaving the country due to the intense persecution that they face.

10/22/2009 Iraq (UPI)-Members of the Christian religious minority in Iraq say instability and the north, particularly in Kirkuk , is forcing them to consider fleeing the country.

The Christian population in Iraq is centered largely in the north of the country. Several community members describe their situation as quite dangerous, noting there may be less than 100 families left in the region.

The Christian community in northern Iraq was the target of a rash of assassinations in 2008, forcing close to half of the population to flee to neighboring Syria .

“The number of Christians in Kirkuk before the fall of the Baath regime was more than 20,000,” he said. “This number has dropped to 10,000 and the number continues to decrease.”


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