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ICC Note: Iraq’s Christians are finding unusual support in France’s Assyrian Christian population. Even though the violence has not been targeted at the Assyrian Christians, many have left due to less water, electricity, and jobs. Many Assyrian Christians in France have been pressing France to explore peaceful solutions to dissolve the tension in Iraq. Unfortunately, Iraq has already begun to feel the effect of losing its Christian population. Since the 2003 Iraqi invasion, almost half of the 1.2 Christian population has left the region. Many mass services have stopped near Mosul. ISIL continues to threaten Christians who will not convert to Islam. Without action, many are speculating the disappearance of the Christian community in Iraq altogether.

ICC has launched a campaign to provide aid to the Iraqi church to assist those in need who have fled from the attacks. Go here to find out more and donate: Iraqi Crisis Response

07/08/14 Iraq (Assyrian International News Agency) – According to most verifiable accounts, the militants who have swept across eastern Syria and western Iraq appear to have not engaged in widespread violence against the region’s Christians, known collectively as the Assyrians. But what is certain, is that tens of thousands of Christian refugees have already fled the area, mostly to Kurdistan, as electricity, water and paid work is increasingly scarce.

Hundreds of France’s Assyrian community, numbering around 15,000 people, gathered to push France towards finding a peaceful solution to the many threats posed by the ISIL militants. The Assyrians have more than just the militants to contend with, as the Assyrian heartland east of Mosul is now under Kurdish control. Assyrian regions were ignored by Baghdad during the decades of UN-imposed sanctions, but the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 led to an even greater catastrophe, as nearly half of the 1.2 million Christian population fled the country.

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