90 PERCENT OF IRAQ’S ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS ARE DISPLACED, ONLY 30 OF 600 ORTHODOX FAMILIES REMAIN IN BAGHDAD

A displaced Iraqi man, who fled from the Islamic State violence in Mosul, poses for the camera with his daughters at Baherka refugee camp in Erbil, September 19, 2014.

29/11/14 As Islamic State extremists continue their reign of terror through Iraq and Syria, the chaos, violence and persecution forced upon the thousands of people in the region has caused 90 percent of Orthodox Christians in Iraq to flee the sanctity of their homes, according to the Greek Orthodox Bishop for Baghdad, Ghattas Hazim. Hazim, who is ...

Chaldean Patriarch and Speaker of Parliament: Christians Essential to Iraq’s Future

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako and the Speaker of the Iraqi parliament Salim al-Jubouri.

By Joseph Mahmoud Asia News Baghdad -- Appreciation for the role played by the Chaldean Patriarchate in the promotion of peace and coexistence; a strong condemnation of the violence against Christians in Mosul and the Nineveh Plain, where about 500 thousand people have fled as a result of the advance of the Islamic State, which has founded ...

Assyrian Mother and Three Sons Murdered in Baghdad

The bodies of the Assyrian mother and her three sons, who were murdered in Baghdad.

October 2014 (AINA) -- According to a report by Al-Masalah, an Iraqi news outlet, a security source in Baghdad confirmed on Saturday that on September 27 armed men assaulted a home in southwest Baghdad and killed an Assyrian family of four. The source told al-Masalah "Unidentified armed men assaulted a home belonging to a Christian family in ...

Metropolitan Mar Gewargis Sliwa Calls on New Iraqi President in Baghdad

Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East - September - October 2014 On 10 September 2014 His Beatitude Mar Gewargis Sliwa, Metropolitan of Iraq and Russia called on His Excellency Dr Fuad Massum, the newly appointed President of the Republic of Iraq. Opening the meeting, the President discussed the situation affecting displaced peoples in the Nineveh ...

From an Iraqi Churchyard

Scenes of Christian worship in Iraq (Photos: Jillian Kay Melchior).

Jillian Kay Melchior - 30/9/14 Ainkawa, Iraq -- During his days in Baghdad, Father Douglas Bazi survived a gunshot to the legs, a kidnapping that lasted nine days, and three explosions aimed at the Christian community. He watched his church shrink from 2,600 members to only 250, some of his flock perishing and many more fleeing. ...

Extremists Destroy Priceless Artifacts In Iraq And Syria

Bas-relief inscriptions at the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad.

http://www.messagetoeagle.com - 25/9/14 For more than 5,000 years, numerous civilizations have left their mark on upper Mesopotamia - from Assyrians and Akkadians to Babylonians and Romans. Their ancient, buried cities, palaces and temples packed with monumental art are scattered across what is now northern Iraq and eastern Syria. Now much of that archaeological wealth is under the control ...

August 28 Report on North Iraq – Looting, Homeless Children and Epidemics

An Assyrian mother fans her child at a refugee camp in Ankawa. The temperature was 115F (46C).

29/8/14 (AINA) -- The Hammurabi Human Rights Organization* has issued its latest report, dated August 28, 2014, on the situation in North Iraq.  Many homeless children have begun to appear in Mosul. A 4 month old infant was found in a garbage dump. ISIS seized all homes in Mosul belonging to Nineveh Province judges and some of these homes ...

Christians Fleeing Mosul Persecuted By ISIS, Muslims Rally Alongside Protesting Christians

By Alroy Menezes http://www.ibtimes.com - 25/7/14 The plight of Christians and other minority groups in northern Iraq has taken a turn for the worse, according to reports, as thousands fleeing regions controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, have been robbed of their possessions at ISIS checkpoints.  ISIS, a Sunni extremist group that advocates Islamic Shariah law, ...

ISIS in Mosul Marks Christian Homes, Patriarch Issues Urgent Appeal

The Arabic letter

19/7/14 (AINA) -- ISIS has begun marking Christian homes with the Arabic letter "n" which stands for the word "Nasrani" which means Christian in Arabic. The word comes from the name "Nestorian," historically attributed to the the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East, though it is incorrect. In addition, properties marked by ISIS have ...

2000 Years of Christian History in Iraq May End – Chaldean Church

http://www.iraqinews.com - 11/7/14 The Chaldean Church in Iraq warned of a possible "end of Christian history" in Iraq, which is due to more than 2,000 years, if the current situation did not change, indicating that the presence of its followers in the country has become "symbolic" because of the continuing migration to the outside as a result ...

ISIS Cuts Off Water, Electricity, Destroys Churches

19/6/14 (AINA) -- Sources in Tikrit and Mosul have told AINA that ISIS has cut off water and electricity to some parts of the cities. The villages surrounding Mosul have also lost their water service, which was provided by the water purification plant in Mosul. In the Assyrian villages of Bartella and Qaraqosh, residents are now ...

Jihadists attack Armenian church in Iraq’s Mosul

13/6/14 PanARMENIAN.Net - The jihadist group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, which has been systematically attacking—and invading—key cities in Iraq, attacked the St. Etchmiadzin Armenian Church in Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, the religious leader of the Armenian community of nearby Dohuk, Rev. Massis Shahinyan said, according to Asbarez. Earlier this week, 65 Armenian families and a ...

Patriarch Sako: ‘In 10 Years There Will Only Be a Few Thousand Christians Left in Iraq’

Asia News - 29/4/14 Baghdad -- The Iraqi Chaldean Patriarch, Louis Raphael Sako I, says he is seriously concerned over the continuing decline of Christian presence in the country: "If measures are not taken soon, in 10 years' time there will only be a few thousand Christians left in Iraq". The Iraqi Christian community had more than a ...

Homes of Christians Fleeing Iraq Seized By Gangs

http://www.worthynews.com - 22/4/14 Baghdad -- Gangs in Baghdad are seizing homes left vacant by Christian families who have been forced to flee from sectarian violence, according to Barnabas Aid. "Most of them are afraid of submitting complaints to the government because they do not believe they can protect themselves if they file a lawsuit," said William Warda, head ...

Archbishop Mor Severios Hawathe of Baghdad & Basra elected as Locum Tenens to the Patriarchal throne

Archbishop Mor Severius Jamil Hawa of Baghdad & Basra

Prakash Varghese (OCP Delegate of UAE, Gulf and Levant Region) OCP New Service- 27/3/14 Beirut: The Synod of the Syriac Orthodox Church which held on 26th of March 2014 held at St. Ephrem Cathedral in Beirut elected Archbishop Mor Severios Hawathe of Baghdad  & Basra as the Locum Tenens to the Patriarchal throne of Antioch and All East. The Synod sessions were ...

Scores Killed and Scores Injured in Iraq Attacks

  18/3/14 Baghdad (AFP) -- Heavily-armed militants attacked the home of an anti-Qaeda militiaman north of Baghdad on Sunday, killing and decapitating his wife and two sons and killing another person in a brutal pre-dawn assault. The militia leader, Abu Salim, was not in the house at the time of the attack, which involved more than a dozen ...

The War on Christians in the Middle East

Michael Coren catholicworldreport- 31/1/14 In the summer of 2012, I interviewed an Evangelical minister and activist on my television show in Canada. I've hosted this nightly current affairs program for almost three years now, and I try to discuss the international persecution of Christians, especially within Islamic countries, whenever I can. Tragically, there is never a shortage of ...

A persecuted people face life in exile

Matteo Fagotto The Australian - 28/12/13 "THEY held me captive for five days, without food nor water, constantly beating me. One day I heard them coming down the basement where I was held. "Suddenly, I felt a cold blade under my neck and someone told me, 'If you become a Muslim, we will not kill you.' " Sitting on ...

Terrorists target with mortar Kyrillos Church in Damascus

4/7/13  Damascus, (SANA)_Terrorists on Wednesday fired a mortar shell on the Kerillos Church in al-Qassa' area in Damascus, causing material damage. No casualties were reported. A source at the Police Command told SANA that the mortar shell fell on the Church's roof. The source added that another shell slammed into a house near the Red Crescent Hospital in Baghdad Street, causing ...

Assyrian Businesses, Church Attacked in Baghdad, 2 Killed

27/6/13 Baghdad (AINA) -- A series of attacks against Assyrian establishments in the last three days has shaken the Assyrian community of Iraq. Four Assyrian businesses and one church were attacked, resulting in two fatalities and more than 12 injuries. Gunmen opened fire on St. Mary Assyrian Church at 2 AM on Tuesday morning, wounding two security ...

Gunmen Open Fire on Assyrian Church in Baghdad, 2 Wounded

26/6/13 Baghdad (AINA) -- Gunmen opened fire on St. Mary Assyrian Church this on Tuesday morning, wounding two security guards. The gunmen were traveling in a civilian car, according to a source in the interior ministry, when they fired a barrage of bullets at the church, which is located in the Ameen Thania neighborhood in eastern ...