There are more Biblical sites in Iraq than in any other nation other than Israel: Eden (maybe), the Tigris & Euphrates rivers, Abraham’s home town of Ur, the city that Jonah evangelized Ninevah, Babylon, the place of the Hebrews’ exile. And there have been Christians there since the days of the New Testament, with the Apostles Thomas and Thaddeus said to have evangelized the region. The Assyrians have been Christian since the 1st century, the oldest continual Christian community in the world.
But the persecutions of Christians in Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein–by Sunnis, Shi’ites, and now by ISIL–have been so horrible that Christians are leaving. And they say they are not coming back. After the jump, Human Rights Watch researcher Daniel Williams gives a chilling summary of what Iraqi Christians have been going through. [Read more…]