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ICC Note: The rise of the Islamic State has made is impossible for Christians to practice their religion, share the gospel, or even survive the threats. Thousands of Christians have had to flee their homes and leave everything behind in order to protect their families and their lives. Unfortunately, the hostility against Christians continues to spread around the world, either in a physical or verbal form.

12/19/2017 Iraq (The Alabama Baptist) – Amir Yaqu, an Iraqi Christian who fled his hometown of Bartella in northern Iraq because of the rise of the Islamic State (IS) in 2014, said circumstances have gotten “even worse” following the liberation of Mosul and the surrounding Nineveh Plains.

According to the pro-Kurdish news outlet Rudaw, Bartella’s population of around 40,000 is mostly Christians

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