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BAGHDAD — Christians in Mosul are fleeing their homes after a spate of killings this week that left 12 Christians dead in one of the largest Christian communities in Iraq .
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The killings follow large protests by the community last month against the passage of the provincial elections law. An article that would give representation to Christians and other minorities was removed from the law before its passage.

Now the last safe haven for Christians is gone, said Canon Andrew White the vicar of St. George's church in Baghdad .

After a spree of killings and forced evictions of Iraqi Christians in Baghdad last year, many fled to Mosul . But even there they could not escape the danger. In February of this year the Archbishop Paulos Faraj Raho of Mosul was kidnapped and killed.

"Christians are being killed in the only place they felt safe, in Ninevah," White said, referring to the province of which Mosul is the capital. "This is where they fled to and now there's no safe place for them."

Over a thousand Christian families have fled Mosul for outlying villages and villages in the Kurdistan region
in search of safety, a spokesman for the Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs said. Posters are being put up with guidelines on how to leave.Thousands of Christians flee killings in Mosul - Yahoo! News
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Iraqi Assyrian and Chaldean Catholics trace their roots to ancient Mesopotamia and Christian communities were prominent in many major Iraqi cities, including Mosul in the north and Basra in the south and Baghdad . The capital had enclaves in the central neighborhood of Karada, the eastern neighborhood of New Baghdad and nearby al-Ghadir as well as Dora in the capital's south.

Christians once were estimated to be about 3 percent of the Iraqi population or about 800,000 people.


But as Iraq grew bloody and violent the Christian community dwindled. Now some estimate that more than half of Iraq's Christians have fled. White believes that the Christian community is about a quarter of the estimated 800,000.

"It isn't easy for these people to leave," he said. "They have no representation... we need the Christian world to do something about it."
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Why doesn't God do something?
He gave us free will. We can join in, turn our backs or do something.
Call your congressman. Pretend they're just a family of 800,00 people being systematically destroyed and no one is helping. You have the power to help.
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He gave us free will. We can join in, turn our backs or do something.
Call your congressman. Pretend they're just a family of 800,00 people being systematically destroyed and no one is helping. You have the power to help.
You mean that even if you ask him to save you he may not? Don't you think he is really just shirking responsibility?
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1) This is just plain wrong.

2) Anybody else see some irony going on here?
I mean, this IS Iraq, right?
We are IN that country, right?
We are ALREADY THERE in what some claim is a "humanitarian" gesture to help stop injustices against the minority...
So why aren't we?

Never mind. The individual who NEEDS to think about that is never going to address it anyways...

3) Due to the current political situation, I can't help but wonder if Bush's hands may be more "tied" than the 2009 president's will be.
Hopefully, D or R, at least some effort is made...
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Also I find it interesting from a biblical history standpoint, that Nineveh is the last strong hold. Jonah didn't want to go there, but God threw him into the belly of the whale (if you take the story literally). Ever since then (or if you don't take it literally at least since Judaism/Christianity spread to the region), there has been a community of believers there.
I just think it' extraordinary that this outpost Jonah didn't want to visit, is the saving grace of these people.
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