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ICC Note:

ICC conducted a survey of 496 Christian IDPs in Northern Iraq about their intentions of returning home. 44% of Christian IDPS responded that they plan to return home when it is safe to do so. This is a testament of the resilience of the Christian community in Iraq, which is one of the oldest Christian communities in the world. Although the U.S. has recognized the genocide against Christians, it hasn’t taken action to assist the survivors. One bill, HR 390, has been passed by the House but is stuck in the Senate. We must take action to get the bill passed so that Christians in Iraq do not go extinct under our watch.

06/22/2017 Iraq (Daily Caller) – With military operations against ISIS in Mosul on the verge of winding down, it is long past time we started asking hard questions about what we’re doing to help the victims of ISIS’ multi-year genocidal rampage across Iraq.  What will happen to the tens of thousands of Christians, Yazidi’s, and others driven from their homes, and what are we doing do assist them?  To do this, we thought it was important to talk with the victims themselves. Do Christians and other religious minorities even want to remain in Iraq after all they have suffered?  Do they see a future for themselves and their families?  And do internally displaced persons (IDPs) have confidence that the Iraqi government will provide stability for them to remain in the country long term?

My organization, International Christian Concern (ICC), set off to find answers through a survey of Christian IDPs.  Since the U.S. continues to play a very big role in the country, one of our objectives for this survey was to find answers to the questions above so that we can help shape US policy and inform our lawmakers as they consider Iraq’s future, and especially the place of religious minorities.

Our survey, conducted in Arabic and distributed and administered by contacts in IDP camps and churches throughout Northern Iraq, includes 496 men and women who identify as Christian and who were displaced by ISIS.  Although it is almost impossible to gather a perfect representative sample of such a dispersed community in a single survey, ICC made sure to include areas like the Nineveh Plain, home to the largest proportion of Christians driven out of their homes by ISIS.

 

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