Ethnic cleansing in Iraq affects Christians
Ethnic cleansing in Iraq has caused half of 1.4 million Christians who lived there to leave the country.
Quoting the Assyrian International News Agency, the report said that these Assyrian Christians compose less than 4 percent of Iraq’s population.
They speak Aramaic, a dialect close to what Jesus spoke 2000 years ago, and are descendants of the first converts to Christianity.
Indyposted said that post Sadaam Husssein, many traditional protections that were given to non Muslims are no longer enforced due to various Muslim factions in Iraq.
Ethnic cleansing has taken place through bomb attacks, assassinations, rapes and kidnappings, Indyposted reported.
The report adds that Iraqi Christians who have fled are oftentimes denied asylum in other countries.
Many are living underground in Sweden. According to AINA, Iraqi Assyrians in Sweden are arrested, put in a plane, then flown back to Baghdad.
According to Indypost, instability for Iraq’s Christians has been an outgrowth of the war in Iraq.
The London Telegraphnoted that the US Commission on International Religious Freedom has branded Iraq’s religious persecution “of particular concern” and called on the Obama administration to intervene before the ancient religious communities are exterminated.
So far their appeal has not moved Hillary Clinton according to the London Telegraph, adding that “In these paranoid times, to defend Iraqi Christians from their Muslim fellow-citizens could be misinterpreted as an attack on Islam.”