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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

iraq christian newsBAGHDAD, IRAQ (Worthy News)– Gangs in Baghdad are seizing homes left vacant by Christian families who have been forced to flee from sectarian violence, according to Barnabas Aid.

"Most of them are afraid of submitting complaints to the government because they do not believe they can protect themselves if they file a lawsuit," said William Warda, head of the Baghdad-based Hammurabi Human Rights Organization.

Iraq's Christians are most at risk of having their homes seized as they lack the tribal affiliations that protect their Arab Muslim neighbors.

After the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, there was a surge in anti-Christian threats, kidnappings and murders, prompting thousands of Iraqi Christians to flee. But many who left didn't sell their properties in the hope of one day returning, but eventually they were forced to sell their homes at rates well below market value because Muslim gangs simply took over their properties.

In its 2013 human rights report, the U.S. State Department said that internal corruption prevented the Iraqi government from effectively adjudicating property restitution claims that often disproportionately affected Christian communities.

Many Christians who left their homes fled to the autonomous region of Kurdistan where most now live peacefully in their own neighborhoods.

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  • jcd0101
    21 April 2014 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Oh wonderful..
    So now its ok not only to kill christians but to STEAL everything they got..
    Whats the difference between islam and the nazis?

    • Jake-a-runi
      21 April 2014 at 11:19 am - Reply

      Their tailors.

      • jcd0101
        21 April 2014 at 11:22 am -

        ouch..
        GOOD ONE

    • me
      23 April 2014 at 6:29 am - Reply

      thats not Islam but people trying to disgrace Islam, I am a muslim and would never ever do anything like this to any human.

      • Joseph Flannagan
        23 April 2014 at 8:27 pm -

        Nothing is EVER the fault of islam or muslims ! . Denial is not an excuse for the daily barbarity that happens to a chorus of " allah u akhbar " in Syria , Yemen , Iraq , Libya , Afghanistan , Pakistan , Somalia , Egypt , Mali , CAR , Bangladesh , Russia , China , Europe , USA , Indonesia . The ONE thing every atrocity from Lockerbie , 9/11 , Bali . Madrid , Boston , London , Volgagrad , Xinjiang ,Israel , Lee Rigby , Westgate Mall , Mumbai ,Nigeria , church massacres in Egypt and Pakistan , Boko Haram , Al Shabab , Al Queda , ISIS , Al Nusra , Taliban etc have in common is ISLAM and by default MUSLIMS. So please do not try to insult people's intelligence by your pathetic disclaimer that it is NOT islam – IT IS ISLAM !!!!!!.

      • Joe DeCaro
        24 April 2014 at 6:34 am -

        When a Muslim disgraces Islam by consummating a relationship with a 9 year-old he simply points to the example of Islam's own prophet.

  • John
    22 April 2014 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Thanks to George Bush for his war of choise Chritians who once were free to live in Iraq are no longer safe.

    • Joseph Flannagan
      23 April 2014 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Same in Libya under Gaddafi and Egypt under Mubarak. Next the same will apply in Syria if Assad is ousted.

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