The region, which was targeted by one of the pair of missile attacks launched yesterday as retaliation against the U.S., is home to several thousand Christians who have been trying to rebuild their lives.
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The letter to the president states that without ‘swift moral leadership,’ indigenous Christian, Yazidi, and other religious communities in the Middle East face extinction by the terrorist army.
This shipment of food supplies will bring their assistance to more than $4 million
‘There is a kind of feeling that they cannot express,’ Archbishop Bashar Warda said, ‘but they at least feel relaxed in a way that even if, God forbid, something would happen, they are in safe hands.’
Having fled the violence of the Islamic State group (ISIS), some 150 Christian families have begun to settle into their new surroundings.
'The fanatical mentality of ISIS is not a new phenomenon,' the bishop of Erbil said. 'It has always existed, except that now it has increased, because of the chaos the country is going through.'
Ankawa is a Christian city where more than 70,000 Christians fled after their villages came under attack by the Islamic State last June.
Dominican Father Najeeb Michaeel rescued 1,300 manuscripts from Mosul last summer, as it was being overrun by the Islamist militants.
Syriac-Catholic Bishop Barnaba Yousif Habash reflects on the plight of the Christians from his native city, who were displaced by last year’s Islamic State takeover of their homelands.