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Iraqi Christians Lose All Hope with Violence, Anarchy

By Michelle Vu
Christian Post Reporter
Wed, Jan. 19 2007

Difficulties and persecution is nothing new to the minority Christians living in Iraq. However, local Christians are now saying that the anarchistic situation in their country has destroyed all optimism for a better future.

“Almost no one sees a bright future for Iraq,” said Stefan De Groot, co-worker of the international organization Open Doors, according to a report on Tuesday.

De Groot, who visits Iraq several times a year, says that every time he visits, a local believer tells him that the situation is worse than the last time he visited.

“Another Christian told me he had to buy new clothes for his wife because during a shooting on the streets, her wardrobe was riddled with bullets,” recalled De Groot. “A third man explained in detail what happened when he brought his son to school and a car bomb went off. The little boy ran inside the school and saw a human heart hanging against the window.”

There are four violent groups in Iraq: Sunnite insurgents who used to belong to Saddam’s Baath Party; Sunnites, who are fighting for Al Qaeda; Shiites; and a group comprised of criminals and gangs who don’t belong to any of the other insurgency groups, according to De Groot.

The Open Doors co-worker said that the violent groups attack Christians for the main purpose of money to finance their fights.

“Most Christians are shop owners and have some money,” said De Groot. “In addition, the small Christian minority has no armed branch which can take revenge or provide protection for them.”

Nearly half of the Christians in Iraq have fled since the early 1990s.

The UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) call the massive exodus of Assyrian Christians, who make up the majority of the Iraqi Christian population, a humanitarian crisis. The United Nations reports that although Assyrians comprise only five percent of Iraq’s population, they make up nearly 40 percent of the refugees fleeing Iraq.

Assyrian Christians living in America have rallied, calling on U.S. leaders to help form an autonomous zone in Iraq for Assyrians and other Christians where they can practice their faith freely and work without persecution.

“Because of their small population, weak status, and lack of regional support, they have no one to protect them from all the violence,” said Paul Isaac, one of the organizers of the Christians for Assyrians of Iraq rally in December.

The Open Doors ministry operates several Christian cultural centers in Iraq to support the country’s Christian population through skill-building courses. The centers host religious dialogues and conferences where movies like Jesus Film are shown or discussions on Christian cultural topics are held.






Who are the Christians of Iraq?

Kanoon II = January

Iraqi Christians Lose All Hope with Violence, Anarchy January 19, 07

Iraqi, Afghani War Refugees Need Our Help January 18, 07

Iraq's Kurds Face Mounting Anger From All Sides January 18, 07

Iraq moving towards division, says bishop of Kirkuk January 16, 07

Genocide Discussions and Freedom of Expression in Turkey January 16, 07

From Baghdad to New York: an Assyrian Archaeologist's Journey January 15, 07

US Jewish lobby warns : it may not be able to block the Armenian genocide bill
January 15, 07

T.V. Report about the plight of the Assyrians in Iraq January 14, 07

Mehrdad Izady & the History of Kurdish Christianity; Falsification of Facts
January 13, 07

Murders, Abductions, Threats, Everyday Occurrences for Mosul Christians
January 12, 07

A Biography of Helena Guergis, Canada's Secretary of State January 12, 07

Turkey Shouldnt fear the Assyrian genocide January 11, 07

A Christian Neighborhood in Baghdad January 11, 07

Christians Shut Out Of National Conference In Baghdad January 11, 07

A Christian Exodus From the Arab World January 11, 07

World War One Genocide in Turkey January 10, 07

The Ken Joseph Report “I sat in stunned silence…” January 10, 07

Paris approves Armenian genocide bill January 8, 07

Assyrian Woman Appointed As Secretary of State in Canada January 8, 07

Few Stories of Hope for Iraq's Christians January 7, 07

US must recognize Iraq's humanitarian crisis January 7, 07

Good News For The Christians of Iraq ! January 5, 07

Theological university and seminary moved January 5, 07

If Iraq fragments, what's Plan B? January 4, 07

IRAQ: Minorities tormented under sectarian violence January 4, 07

Christian Assyrians in Iraq January 4, 07

Why Are Iraqi Kurds Furious With the US? January 3, 07

Kholo Malke on the way to Germany January 3, 07

Expansion of The Assyrian Radio program "Qolo" January 3, 07

Assyrians Iraq's Forgotten Minority January 3, 07

Georgia Releases Assyrian General on Bail January 2, 07

Ancient Assyrian Fortress in Iraq to Be Preserved January 2, 07

Kanoon I = December

Exiles joyful, concerned December 31, 06

Killing goes on as Saddam Hussein is executed and churches pray December 30, 06

Iraqi Americans react to death of Saddam Hussein
December 30, 06

Turkey Should not Deny the Turth if it Wants to be Believed December 30, 06

Forgive Saddam Hussein ? December 30, 06

Ancient Assyrians in northwest Iran near Urmia December 26, 06

Assyrian Genocide Claims 'Bogus,' Says Turkish Historian December 26, 06

A Tireless Campaigner for the Assyrian Christians of Iraq December 26, 06

Iraq, Christians Come Out to Worship December 26, 06

Christians Celebrate Christmas in Iran December 26, 06

Iraqi Christians Debate Self-Autonomy to Halt Exodus December 26, 06

Iraq's embattled religious minorities December 26, 06

We Must Not Forget the Plight of Middle Eastern Christians December 23, 06

Avoiding the Final Betrayal: Protecting Iraqi Christians December 23, 06

Nina Shea Testifies Before Congress on Behalf of Iraq's Assyrians
and Other Minorities
December 23, 06

Conference in Sweden Calls for Assyrian Safe-haven in Iraq December 21, 06

Christians thrown to the lions in Iraq December 21, 06

Iraqi refugees - a tragedy stretching beyond Syria December 19, 06

Iraqi Christians under fire December 19, 06

Fleeing Nineveh: Assyrians of Iraq and Self Governance December 18, 06

No Christmas Celebrations in Iraq, Says Chaldean Patriarch December 18, 06

Groups call for relief for Iraqi Christians December 18, 06

Methodists Highlight the Plight of Indigenous Iraqi Christians December 17, 06

Pontiff Appeals for Aid for Iraqi Refugees in Syria December 17, 06

Christmas in Mosul Under Threat of Sharia December 15, 06

Kurds and the Assyrian Homeland December 15, 06

Assyrian National Party rejects Baker-Hamilton's plans December 15, 06

U.S. Iraqi Christian Community Debates How to Help Relatives December 15, 06

Deviousness of the Kurdish officials December 14, 06

Iraq Insurgents Threaten Attacks Against Christian Women December 14, 06

Gifts for the Children of Nineveh December 13, 06

Help Our Assyrian Children December 13, 06

Iraq : Another Pries Feared Kidnapped December 10, 06

Iraq shapes the Assyrian cadet's background, future December 10, 06

Jordan, Syria May Close Borders to Iraqi Refugees December 9, 06

Visitors from Iraq December 8, 06

Assyrian Delegation in the European Parliament December 8, 06

Private Saudis Said to Fund Iraq Insurgents December 7, 06

Terrorists Bomb Church in Iraq December 7, 06

Iraq Is the Fastest-Growing Refugee Crisis in the World December 5, 06

Iraqi Christians plead for help, tell of 'ethnic cleansing' December 5, 06

Assyrian Christians 'Most Vulnerable Population' in Iraq December 5, 06

One Priest Killed in Iraq, another abucted December 5, 06

Comparing the Muslim and Christian Conceptions of God December 4, 06

Assyrian Delegation from Georgia Visits North Iraq December 4, 06

Another clergy murdered in Mosul December 4, 06

Dutch EP Member Inquiry Into Assassination of Assyrian Leader December 3, 06

Assyrians: Iraq's Overlooked Victims December 2, 06

Christians for Assyrians of Iraq Plan Demonstration December 2, 06

Iraq's Vatican Ambassador Seeks More Help December 2, 06

Assyrian Delegation At the European Parliament December 1, 06

Relief Agency Sheltering Iraqi Chaldean Refugees in Turkey December 1, 06

The Turkmen: Eerie Silence in Northern Iraq December 1, 06



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