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Even approximate figures are difficult to obtain of the current population of Christians remaining in Iraq. The numbers are estimated to have declined for the last 30 years with the combination of Saddam Hussein and now ISIS. Only a few displaced Christians are returning to their homeland while many others refuse to go back for fear of further horrors. Reports estimate that in a short time, in the place where it all began, Christianity will be over.

3/22/2017 Iraq (FOX) – He is one of the world’s most prominent priests, but Canon Andrew White – known as the “Vicar of Baghdad” – has reached a painstaking conclusion: Christianity is all but over in the land where it all began.

“The time has come where it is over, no Christians will be left. Some stay Christians should stay to maintain the historical presence, but it has become very difficult. The future for the community is very limited,” White told Fox News this week. “The Christians coming out of Iraq and ISIS areas in the Middle East all say the same thing, there is no way they are ever going back. They have had enough.”

Thirty years ago, there were approximately 1.4 million Christians in Iraq. The number dwindled to around 1 million after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, and a year ago it was estimated that there were less than 250,000 left. Numbers have continued to decline as families flee, and today even approximate figures are difficult to obtain.

 

 

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