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Mahrous’s story

Turks are expected to be Muslim – a conviction that’s fostered by the government in a ploy to consolidate power. Most are proudly Muslim and hold the faith as a core part of their nationalist identity, even if they aren’t devout. There are approximately 7,000

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IRAQ: Revival of Life in Qaraqosh

For many Christian families in Qaraqosh, this Easter is particularly special, as they will be celebrating it at home for the first time since fleeing the city in 2014. The city, located in northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains, was occupied by the Islamic State group for

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IRAQ: Christian Family Stabbed to Death

An Assyrian Christian family of three were murdered in their home in a predominantly Shia neighbourhood in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Thursday 8 March. Dr Hisham Shafiq al-Maskuni, 61, a radiologist, his wife Dr Shaza Malik Dinno, gynaecologist and her elderly mother, Khairiyah Dawood Abada,

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IRAQ: Families Again Forced to Flee Hometown

Hundreds of Iraqi Christian families had recently returned to their hometown of Teleskuf, after being displaced for years due to attacks perpetrated by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, only to be forced to flee their northern Iraq community all over again. These families

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IRAQ: Christians Forced to Flee Teleskuf

With the recent clashes between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi Army in the Nineveh Plains of Northern Iraq, hundreds of Christians have been forced to flee the Christian town of Teleskuf, located about 24km north of Mosul. Teleskuf fell into the hands of

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IRAQ: Abducted Girl Reunited with Her Parents

After almost three years in captivity, an Iraqi Christian girl abducted by the Islamic State in August 2014 has finally been reunited with her parents. Christina Abada, who is about to celebrate her sixth birthday, was welcomed home last week. Locals say she was released

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IRAQ: Pray for Refugees from Destroyed Qaraqosh

Qaraqosh, Iraq’s largest Christian city, was liberated from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) in October 2016, but believers who lived under the terrorists’ control for two years continue to struggle for survival. More than 20,000 people fled the city as Iraqi and Kurdish forces fought

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IRAQ: The Cross Returns to The Nineveh Plain

There were tears, praying and singing as the cross ─ deemed illegal by ISIS – returned to the Christian villages in Iraq’s Nineveh Plain. News continues to emerge of villages being reclaimed from ISIS, and signs of destruction become apparent. As soon as it was

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Christians Facing Islamic Extremists: ISIS

Region: Iraq, Syria “Convert, pay a tax, leave or die.” The self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) became infamous when it invaded the city of Mosul, Iraq, in June 2014. Mosul, which is the ancient biblical city of Nineveh, has been home to Christians for almost 2,000

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Pray for Belgium, Pray for the World

The recent terror attacks in Brussels once again reiterated in our hearts and minds the danger of radical Islam to the Western world. It was a shock for many and raises questions about how a public place such as an airport; which is supposed to

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Heaven is Rejoicing

When a fully veiled woman came to his church and asked to be baptised, this Iraqi pastor wasn’t sure how to respond. But the woman had been reading and memorising the New Testament, and her faith in Christ was genuine. Listen to the account of

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Telling Them About Hope

In the face of horrific stories, sometimes all we can do is pray. But listen to this pastor in Iraq as he tells how important prayer is for those who have suffered worst. Listen to this short excerpt. Listen to the full interview on VOM

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IRAQ: New Law to Force Children to Become Muslim

A new law in Iraq would require the conversion of children to Islam if their father were to convert or if their mother were to marry a Muslim man or a Muslim-background Christian. The long-term implications for this would be devastating as changing identification documents

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