Posted by: becketfund | October 6, 2009

Iraq: Archbishop Calls For Government Protection of Christian Community

KIRKUK – The Archbishop has called for the government to offer protection for the Christian community in the wake of the recent abductions and murders of several members, and at least 10 Christian families have left the region in response to the increased violence, the AP reported on October 6. The last official Iraqi census in 1987 found 1.4 million Christians in the country. Now, according to the 2008 US State Department report on International Religious Freedom, that number has dropped to between 550,000 and 800,000.

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