IRAQ: Five Years after IS Occupied Mosul, Returnees Live in Fear
  • 13 June 2019

The Islamic State’s three-year occupation of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and its surrounding villages ended nearly two years ago. Yet the city and its diminished number of Christian residents remain vulnerable. Last month the Iraqi government announced it would arm residents of 50 villages around Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, so they could protect themselves against pockets […]

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KURDISTAN: Church Built with State Approval
  • 11 April 2019

Hope awakens in northern Iraq as another church is built with the support of the government. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) supervised the construction of the first Armenian Orthodox Church in Erbil through their department of religious affairs. According to a local news source, a spokesman from the KRG was quoted as saying, “The opening […]

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Mahrous’s story
  • 24 January 2019

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 Turkish national evangelical Christians, most of whom are converts from […]

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IRAQ: Revival of Life in Qaraqosh
  • 29 March 2018

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 over three years before its liberation in October 2017. Since […]

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IRAQ: Christian Family Stabbed to Death
  • 16 March 2018

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, were stabbed by four men who then stole money and […]

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