Worthy Christian News » Iraqi Christians Murdered, Hundreds More Flee

christian news

Do you see an inappropriate ad? PLEASE REPORT IT!

Worthy Christian News - Daily Christian News Service

Iraqi Christians Murdered, Hundreds More Flee

Thursday, December 9, 2010 (4:24 am)
Posted in: Christian Persecution, Christian Persecution - Middle East, Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Worthy News)– Hundreds of Iraqi Christian families are fleeing Iraq's capital Baghdad and the town of Mosul as murderers target families in their own homes and workplaces, a well-informed advocacy group said Wednesday, December 8.

Barnabas Fund said the latest group of refugees comes amid news that an elderly Christian couple and their daughter became the latest victims of what it called "the relentless campaign" against the country's Christian minority.

Four gunmen reportedly raided the property in Baghdad and repeatedly shot them with silenced pistols. "The victims, Hikmat and Samira Sammak – like many Iraqi Christians – had left the capital and gone to live in the north. Tragically, they had just returned briefly to Baghdad to finalize the sale of their home and furniture," Barnabas Fund added.

Two weeks ago, Christian brothers Saad and Raad Hannah were shot dead in their car workshop in Mosul, rights activists said. The incident followed the assassination of two other Christians by gunmen who burst into their Mosul home.

HOSTAGE SIEGE

"These raids come after the hostage siege at a Baghdad church on October 31 that left more than 50 people dead. The Islamic State of Iraq – an Al-Qaeda front group – claimed responsibility for that attack and threatened further violence," added Barnabas Fund, which has close contacts with Christians in mainly Muslim nations such as Iraq.

The militants said in statements that the "killing sword will not be lifted" and that Christians everywhere were now "legitimate targets".

"As the situation becomes increasingly perilous, Christian families are leaving Baghdad and Mosul – either fleeing the country altogether or heading in waves to the northern cities of Erbil and Sulaimaniyah, in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan," Barnabas Fund told Worthy News in a statement.

FAMILIES MOVE

About 500 families were reportedly to be on the move to the Kurdish region.

"The refugees leave behind their homes, possessions and work. And although the authorities have promised to give $400 to every family who moves, some Christians have commented that this is not enough to cover even one month's rent for a flat in the north," Barnabas Fund explained.

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund said that Christians in Iraq are facing the agonizing dilemma of either living in "constant fear" if they stay in their homes "or losing everything" if they leave.

"We must continue to uphold our Iraqi brothers and sisters in prayer and be ready to provide for their practical needs during this crisis," he added.

Read some of our recent Worthy Briefs

Copyright 1999-2013 Worthy News. All rights reserved.

  • Rameau Paul

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
    As you are fullfiling the command of our Lord Jesus Christ, I am sadden to hear about your trials. As I am praying for you, I am encouraging you to use every tools that He puts in your hands to fight the disciples of the devil, and to remember His promise at the end of the command. " I WILL BE WITH YOU EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE".
    in Christ

    Rameau Paul

  • Mary E Shain

    To all my brothers and sisters in our LORD JESUS CHRIST:

    My heart and soul has been grieved since I became aware of your plight.
    I am praying and interceding as the HOLY SPIRIT directs me. Read Psalms 91 and Ephesians 6. We are not battling only against flesh and blood but against the powers of darkness controlling blind and deaf people who do not know the truth. Pray for your enemies for they are in more trouble then they could ever imagine, eternal life in hell unless we pray for them to see and know THE TRUTH!
    My heart goes out to you all-Much love in HIM.

    Mrs. Mary E Shain

Sign up for our Worthy Briefs! IT'S FREE!!! Your information is completely confidential! We HATE SPAM too!
* Email address:
* First Name:
* Last Name:

Read some of our recent Worthy Briefs

Worthy Brief - 4/18/2014
Worthy Brief - 4/17/2014
Worthy Brief - 4/16/2014
Worthy Brief - 4/15/2014
Worthy Brief - 4/14/2014

Recommended Links

Eschatology Today -- The thinking Christian's Bible journal
Learn how you can surf the Web Securely & Anonymously!
Read how we surf the web securely!


What is Worthy News?

Worthy News is an independent Christian news agency which reports news not covered by other outlets, on key developments in a rapidly changing world. Worthy News reaches both Christians and non-Christians around the globe and strives to be balanced and make a difference in these strategic times.

Worthy News. Reliable-Trustworthy-Cutting Edge

Worthy Christian News Syndication

We've launched our FREE syndication service. Click here to get our FREE Christian News!

Total Number of websites using Worthy News Syndication service: 45618!
Link to Us
Help others find Worthy Christian News! Use this code to link to Worthy Christian News on your web page:

<a href="http://www.worthynews.com" title="Christian News Service">Christian News Service - Worthy News</a>

Copyright 1999-2013 Worthy Christian News » Iraqi Christians Murdered, Hundreds More Flee