News: No Safety for Christians in Iraq?
Christians in Iraq are beginning to flee the only place where they thought they were safe: their ancient homelands in the Nineveh plains.
Reports have come in from clergy in the north of the country that in the past few months a slow but steady emigration has gotten underway from the villages and towns close to Mosul city, which trace their heritage back to the earliest Christian centuries.
The reports are coming after warnings of another blow to the Church expected in the immediate run-up to the January 2010 general elections.
With government ministers publicly expecting a surge in violence as people prepare to go to the polls, Church leaders fear that a new security crisis could spark another mass exodus of Christians, which in some areas may mean the departure of the last remaining faithful.