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12/25/2019 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – The Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq has stopped the sale of shoes bearing the image of the cross on the sole after receiving multiple complaints from the Christian community. A similar incident happened last Christmas season. The image of a cross on the bottom of a shoe is viewed as a symbol of disrespect to the Christian community.

The KRG is the safest and most stable location for Christians living in Iraq, and continues to serve as a place of refuge for Christians displaced by ISIS. Although this area has many positive benefits, particularly in comparison to the harsh environment of Iraq’s Central Government, Christians living in the KRG can still face a number of challenges because of their faith. While these challenges are not often violent, such as in the south, still an environment of mistreatment towards Christians can cause a weariness in the community.

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