Nearly 70 percent of Christian-owned homes in Baghdad have been illegally seized, according to a member of the city’s municipal council.
A city official in Iraq claims that almost 70 percent of Christians living in Baghdad have had their property illegally confiscated since the beginning of the Iraq War, according to Independent Catholic News. Since the beginning of the American invasion, over a million people in Iraq, including two-thirds of the country’s Christians, left the Middle Eastern nation expecting to return after the conflict, reports ICN.
“Almost 70 percent of Baghdad’s Christian homes have been illegally seized,” Mohammed al-Rubai, a member of Baghdad’s municipal council, said in an interview with Al-Mada TV station. “These houses belonged to Christians who fled from Baghdad, seeking refuge from violent attacks targeting them and their homes. … The area’s most affected where in the al-Wahda neighborhood of Baghdad.“