Iraq

The level of persecution in Iraq is extreme.

With some of the oldest continuous Christians communities in the world, Iraq is one of the ancient homelands of Christianity. Christians are attacked by many radical groups, such as ISIS, and by political and religious leaders in the country. Christians and other religious minorities are targets for kidnappings and killings, and are threatened to leave the region. They may not proselytize and doing so often results in death. Prior to 2003, Christians constituted one of the largest minorities, numbering approximately 1.5 million. With events over the past decade and the genocidal campaigns of ISIS, now only 200,000 remain, mostly living as internally-displaced persons (IDPs).

Iraq’s Christians are ethnically and religious diverse; they include Assyrian, Chaldean, Armenian, Syriac Orthodox and Catholic communities and Protestant and Evangelical denominations. They speak different dialects of Aramaic and Armenian. Please support Christians in Iraq.