Posted by: becketfund | October 28, 2008

Iraq: Christians Forced to Flee due to Sectarian Violence

MOSUL – An estimated 12,000 Iraqi Christians have been forced to flee the northern city of Mosul since the beginning of October after a wave of murders and threats targeted their communities, the BBC reported on October 28. Some Christians began to return to the region after the government increased security. However, people like Ikhlas Matti, who fled to the region of Tellkeyf for safety, refuse to return out of fear. Matti said, “I’m going to stay here in the church. People in Mosul have become so hostile to one another. Hatred has become rooted. There is fear in our hearts 24 hours a day. They can come and kill us at any moment.” This most recent attack on Christians in Mosul has been the most concerted since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003. In March 2008, the city’s Chaldean archbishop, Paulos Faraj Rahho, was abducted and murdered.


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