Christians in Iraq Face ‘Greatest Challenge’ of Trying to Reignite Faith in Their Homeland

An Iraqi Christian prepares for the first Sunday mass at the Grand Immaculate Church since it was recaptured from Islamic State in Qaraqosh, near Mosul in Iraq October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Christians in Iraq are facing their “biggest and greatest challenge” as they return to their homelands freed from the Islamic State, according to human rights activists. The very future of Christianity in its cradle is on the line.

Ashur Sargon Eskrya, president of the Assyrian Aid Society branch in Iraq (AAS-I), told Breitbart News that Christians face great dangers as they seek to return to Mosul, which was recently liberated from the IS terrorists.

“Iraqi Christians (Assyrian,Chaldean) are indigenous peoples of the country, according to historical sources, and their future in Iraq depends of on international support and protection. Without protections, they will not be able to live in Iraq any more,” Eskrya said in an email.

“It is critical time for the Christians of Iraq — ‘to be or not to be.’ The Christians of Iraq are facing their biggest and greatest challenge” in post-IS Iraq, he said.

Former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.), who is co-founder of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, aimed at saving religious minorities in Iraq, pointed out that “more biblical activity took place in Iraq than any other country in the world, other than Israel.”

“I think there’s an opportunity to save Christianity in the cradle of Christendom. Now is the time. We have an administration that’s open to doing something,” he said, referring to the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

“There’s a willingness and desire on the part of the Christians to stay. I think given protection and coordination with housing and infrastructure, they will return,” he added after a recent visit to Iraq.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov