and apply for migration to our supposedly "Christian" lands of the West. Poor souls will realize that they saw more Christian values in the Muslim lands than they will see in countries like the USA, Canada, the UK and rest of the EU. The West has become a collective Babylon which is putting even the original Babylon to complete shame. Where's a volcano when you need one.
Just like there are no Christian citizens in Saudi Arabia, so also the army of terrorists funded and armed by Saudi Arabia and her allies, want Iraq to become .... especially now that they have failed to do so in Syria ... so far anyway. It's hard to imagine isn't it, that all those lands in the Middle East belonged to either Christians or Jews just a few centuries ago?
....With attacks ongoing, Pastor Haitham Jazrawi suggested that the city of 1.8 million people will soon have no or very few Christians. "Ninety-nine percent of the Christians have left Mosul,” he explained in published remarks. Across Iraq, the Christian population has decreased from as many as 1.5 million to maximum 400,000 people in the last decade.
Open Doors, the aid and advocacy group supporting reportedly persecuted Christians, warned this could be the "last migration of Christians from Mosul.”
At least 200 families, many Christian, managed to reach the Mar Mattai Monastery and about 50 families an hour were reportedly arriving in Al Qosh, 45 kilometers (28 miles) from Mosul, seeking shelter at another monastery. Others fled as far as Dohuk, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) outside Mosul, while schools in mainly Christian villages also opened their doors, Christians said.
Local residents said new arrivals are desperate for mattresses and blankets, as many carry only a plastic bag with a few clothes. Some Christians claimed they were forced to leave their cars behind at check points and walk for many hours to safer regions.
Yet, Christians said it was difficult to hide as Islamic militants were also entering Christian villages, including Qara Qosh. Fighters were also seen on their way to Tikrit, the hometown of late Iraqi leader Sadam Hussein........
Nina Shea writing at NationalReview:
....The government of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell overnight to the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, also called the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Mosul’s panic-stricken Christians, along with many others, are now fleeing en masse to the rural Nineveh Plain, according to the Vatican publication Fides. The border crossings into Kurdistan, too, are jammed with the cars of the estimated 150,000 desperate escapees.
The population, particularly its Christian community, has much to fear. The ruthlessness of ISIS, an offshoot of al-Qaeda, has been legendary. Its beheadings, crucifixions, and other atrocities against Christians and everyone else who fails to conform to its vision of a caliphate have been on full display earlier this year, in Syria.........
ISIL Blows up Churches in Niniveh, Terrorizes People
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group is putting Iraq at risk by killing innocent people, attacking sacred buildings, churches and convents.
Sant'Egidio community, which promotes dialogue between religions, described in a statement reports of "numerous victims" and attacks on "sacred buildings, churches and convents, which have been set alight."
Sant'Egidio, which said around half of Iraq's 400,000 Christians live in the Niniveh province, said “an explosion of extremist violence is putting at risk a project of religious integration and social development, based on coexistence and collaboration between Christians and Muslims.”
As many as half a million Iraqis fled their homes in Mosul as ISIL vowed on its Twitter account "not to stop this series of blessed offensives."
Sant'Egidio called on the international community and the Iraqi government “to do everything possible to interrupt the spiral of violence.”
Church leaders in northern Iraq struggled to find shelter for Christians who were among hundreds of thousands who fled Mosul, the country's second-largest city, after Islamist forces took over much of the town, a Chaldean Catholic archbishop said.
News reports said several hundred heavily armed members of the al-Qaeda-inspired ISIL occupied government facilities, broadcast stations and banks as they worked their way through the city. They reportedly terrorized people and attacked everything that come to their eyes......
Marta Petrosillo writing at ACN:
...."We have never witnessed anything like it before. A large city like Mosul plunged into chaos and at the mercy of the groups that have attacked it". That is how Chaldean Archbishop Amel Shimon Nona of Mosul has described to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) the tragic situation facing Iraq's second city, which has been under siege now for almost two days. ....
.....Obviously, the jihadist presence is a cause of real concern to the Christians, and in the last few hours in fact, news has already been coming in of attacks by ISIS on four churches and a monastery. "We have not received any threats", the archbishop told ACN, "because by now all the Catholic faithful have abandoned the city. Who knows if they will ever be able to return there?" In 2003 the Christian community in Mosul numbered around 35,000 souls. In the 11 years that followed the outbreak of war this number had tragically fallen to around 3,000. "Now there is probably no one left there." .....
From AINA news:
.....World Watch Monitor reported that ISIS have moved into Christian areas near Mosul, and have occupied the Assyrian (also known as Chaldean and Syriac) village of Qaraqosh and entered the St. Behnam Monastery.
ISIS has warned the Christian residents of Mosul, specifically women, to wear the Islamic veil. The warnings have come at checkpoints setup throughout the city by ISIS. The husband of an Assyrian woman was abducted at a checkpoint and threatened with death if his wife did not don the Islamic veil.
ISIS members bombed an Armenian church which was under construction in the Left Bank neighborhood, near al-Salaam hospital.
The Church of the Holy Spirit was looted by ISIS members, who removed most of its electrical equipment.........