Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pray for Iraqi Christians!

"Brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death, and you will be hated by all for my name’s sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved." (Matthew 10:21-22)

For Iraqi Christians, fear is knocking

(November 16, 2010 - CNN) -- She lives in a paralyzing state of "constant and fear" and it's forcing her to keep her children indoors and out of school.

That's how one Baghdad woman describes the dire predicament faced by her and other Iraqi Christians, a dwindling community that is enduring another string of anti-Christian sectarian assaults in Baghdad and in Mosul.

The woman, who didn't want to be identified because of fear for her life, said security hasn't been beefed up since the assaults began on October 31, when the Sayidat al-Nejat Cathedral, or Our Lady of Salvation Church, was attacked.

"We only have God," said the woman, who lost a family member in the church attack. "God is the only one watching over us."

Her words reflect the fears across the world of the ancient Iraqi Christian community, a people that numbered 1.4 million people in 2003, before the war in Iraq, and is estimated to now be only 500,000, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said.
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Gunmen kill two Christians in Northern Iraq

(November 16, 2010 - World Magazine) -- Still reeling from an al-Qaeda assault on a Baghdad Catholic church that killed 68 people, Iraq’s Christians received further reason to grieve after gunmen killed two Christians in Iraq’s northern city of Mosul, officials said Tuesday.

Days after the church slaughter, militants attacked houses of Christians across Baghdad, killing five people. The same al-Qaeda front group took responsibility for those assaults, saying both were in line with Islamic extremists’ resolve to strike Christians in Iraq and wherever they can be found.

In Tuesday’s attack, gunmen broke into the house of two Christian men and shot them, a police officer said, bringing the death toll among members of Iraq’s Christian community, who have fled en masse in the face of persecution after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, to 75 people this month.

The home of another Christian family in a different neighborhood of eastern Mosul was also bombed overnight. No one was killed, but the attack wounded a bystander.

Also Monday morning in Mosul, twin car bombs detonated outside a residential complex housing prison guards and staff killed a prison commander and his bodyguard.

Hundreds of terrified Christian families have fled Mosul to escape extremist attacks and sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite militias unleashed by the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

Mosul is Iraq’s third largest city. Christians have lived there for some 1,800 years and a number of centuries-old churches and monasteries still stand.

The city is also a former Sunni insurgents stronghold where Iraqi Christians have been subjected to abductions and a killing campaign since 2007 when al-Qaeda militants controlled many parts of the city.

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