No room for Christians in Iraq anymore, fleeing residents say

Alive but not at peace, Iraqi Christians who have fled the advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Mosul are recounting their nightmares about the group, while also lamenting the ostensible end of a place for their community in Iraq.

Thousands fled the violence after ISIL, which now calls itself the Islamic State (IS), took control of Mosul, and many others who were left behind were forced to flee the city last week under the threat of forced conversion or execution by jihadists. Not only were the Christians harried, but their heritage that is thousands of year old was destroyed while their homes and possessions were confiscated by the militants led by ISIL.

Over the last month, thousands of Christians who had enough money and passports fled abroad, mostly to Turkey, Lebanon and European countries. Thousands of others have found shelter in Christian towns and villages around Mosul, mostly in Qaraqoush, Bartillah, Baashiqa, Tilkaif, Alqoush and Ankawa, which are controlled by Kurdish Peshmarga forces.

Daily Hürriyet has conducted one-on-one interviews with Iraqi Christians in these towns and villages…

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