Abandoned and betrayed, Iraqi Christians rise up to reclaim their land

ERBIL // When ISIL attacked the Christian town of Qaraqosh last year, it was only the latest in a series of disasters to befall one of Iraq’s oldest communities.

Flush with success after chasing the Iraqi army out of Mosul, the group quickly advanced into the nearby Nineveh plains, forcing an estimated 200,000 Assyrian Christians to flee, according to the NGO Reach Initiative.

Most have sought shelter in refugee camps in the autonomous Kurdish region that borders Nineveh province, where they are now pondering their future in a country they feel does not want them.

Some are forming militias with the intent to reclaim territory and form a safe haven.

  • Ho Hum

    “The US state department has estimated that one million Christians lived in Iraq when Saddam was toppled in 2003. Ten years later, Iraqi Christian church leaders said the number was halved, after hundreds of thousands of Christians left Iraq.

    The Christian population cut in half thanks to that bastard George W Bush (who today charges wounded vets $120,000 to give a boring speech). I wonder of the half million Christians who have vanished how many of them were killed by Muslim extremists? This was predicable. Saddam protected the Christians (his foreign minister was Christian). The same thing will happen in Syria if the blood thirsty Obama gets his wish and Assad is toppled. There are close to two million Christians in Syria who are facing extermination.

  • African

    Will the anti-Christ America and Nato help and support these Christian militia?
    No. They will probably bomb them in support of their jihadist allies!

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Neither the U.S. nor the NATO countries are Christian. They are secular, an important distinction.