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In 2004 there were between 800,000 to 1.4 million Christians in Iraq, now there are fewer than 250,000. Activist are calling on the current administration to act immediately to send funds to the Middle East to save Christians from disappearing from the cradle of Christendom. Church leaders in northern Iraq say they need $262 million dollars to reconstruct their villages that were devastated by the occupation of ISIS. Christians in Iraq are in desperate need of funds and the best way to help them is through international organizations that are already working with Iraq’s religious communities.

06/03/2017 Iraq (Tru News) – The Washington Free Beacon reports that after meeting with Pope Francis and again in the wake of the Islamic State attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt Friday, Trump reiterated his pledge to do everything in his power to defend and protect the “historic Christian communities of the Middle East.” Today, many are calling for less words and much more action. Activists and Catholic leaders are calling for definitive moves from the administration.

The State Department estimated that the Christian population in Iraq numbered between 800,000 and 1.4 million in 2002; that number had dwindled to fewer than 250,000 by 2015. Without action, activists and charities say Christians could disappear completely from Iraq in the near future.
Church leaders in northern Iraq say they need $262 million for a Marshall Plan-style reconstruction of Christian-majority villages devastated by the occupation of ISIS. The Catholic Bishop’s Emergency Committee, which spends $1.2 million a month to help displaced families in Iraq, in mid-May said it hopes to raise funds from a variety of government and non-state organizations in Europe and the U.S.

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