Iraqi Christians Mourn Genocide Anniversary

08/07/2020 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – Today is the anniversary of the 1933 Simele Massacre, when over 65 Assyrian Christian villages in Iraq were targeted and thousands either killed or displaced. This anniversary also corresponds with the 2014 invasion of ISIS into Nineveh, where Iraq’s Christians were again targeted for genocide.

Today, the Simele Massacre site remains in shocking disarray, and the event unrecognized by those who perpetuated it. Today, ISIS is officially declared defeated. But most of the Christian population remains displaced. Recognition of past and current genocides remains key for the prevention of future atrocities. As in this case, they are often connected in the memories of both the victims and perpetrators.

Occurring only a year after modern Iraq’s founding, the Simele Massacre established a history of genocide that continues. With laws absent and no institutional protection, Christians are at increased risk from sleeper cells, militias, and militant tribalism. Christians carry the weight of their past with them every day, and many see their futures as bleak.

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