IRAQ – Eight churches in Baghdad close as Christians flee violence

Source:  www.barnabasaid.org

Date:  September 22, 2017

Eight churches in Baghdad have been permanently closed following years of declining attendances, as congregation members have fled due to more than a decade of anti-Christian violence.

While Western governments rejoice that Mosul has been “liberated” from Islamic State, Baghdad’s forgotten Christians live with daily insecurity and the threat of violence. Christians have been deliberately targeted in kidnappings and some Christian shopkeepers are forced to pay “protection money” to militias. Explaining the decline in the Christian population of Baghdad, one believer said, “Christians [have] realized that Baghdad is no longer a suitable place for them and that one group or another is always sending them a message to stay away.”

From al Arabiya here

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