Tagged with Iraq

Distributing Aid to Iraqi Christians

Distributing Aid to Iraqi Christians

Five days ago Iraqi Christians were displaced from their city – again. As Fox News reported, they had only recently returned to Teleskof following its liberation from ISIS. Here are pictures from those trying to help. The recent Kurdish referendum effort led the Iraqi government to reclaim disputed land held by the Peshmerga forces. Christians … Continue reading

An Iraqi Refugee Leads Us Home

An Iraqi Refugee Leads Us Home

Abu Rafi surveyed what once was a familiar scene. Displaced from Qaraqosh, Iraq by the marauding ISIS forces, his family of ten fled to Kurdistan where he secured a two bedroom apartment. Now with ISIS in retreat, he traveled back to see the wreckage. Their home was robbed and burned. They used to host many … Continue reading

They Will Know We are Christians by Our Drinks

They Will Know We are Christians by Our Drinks

This article was first published in the April print edition of Christianity Today. The deadliest incident faced by the persecuted church last Christmas wasn’t radical Islamists. It was alcohol. Liquor mixed with aftershave killed about 50 people at Christmas parties in a Pakistani village, and sickened about 100 more. In Pakistan, as in many Muslim-majority … Continue reading

Christian TV Helps ISIS Survivors

Christian TV Helps ISIS Survivors

This article was published at Christianity Today on January 7, 2016. Last spring, a 10-year-old Christian girl famously forgave ISIS for driving her family from their home in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city. Myriam’s video interview with Christian broadcaster SAT-7 went viral, witnessed by more than 3 million people on television and social media. When Myriam … Continue reading

The Immigration of Roots

Over the past several years, and increasingly over the past several months, Iraq has nearly been emptied of its historical Christian population. This short film by the newspaper al-Badeel explores how Egyptian Christians contemplate the issue of immigration. It is subtitled in English, and provides a very good overview of how many Copts view the … Continue reading

Other Stories from Kurdistan

Other Stories from Kurdistan

The situation for refugees in Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq is dire. I was pleased to be able to convey this perspective in a recent article for Lapido Media, highlighting the relief efforts of a local Cairo church, Kasr el-Dobara. But there are other interesting stories to be told, more than could be honored in a reasonable … Continue reading

Christians Question Obama’s ISIS Strategy

Christians Question Obama’s ISIS Strategy

From my recent article in MENA Source: In his efforts to build a coalition to strike militarily Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) targets in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama has been careful to avoid an overly religious discourse. Part of his appeal, however, is for the protection of Christians and other religious … Continue reading

175 Leaders Urge US Support in Christianity’s Historical Heartland; Egyptian Churches Not So Sure

175 Leaders Urge US Support in Christianity’s Historical Heartland; Egyptian Churches Not So Sure

From my latest article in Christianity Today, published May 9, 2014: More than 175 Christian leaders crossed denominational and political divides this week to urge the United States government to do more to help the rapidly diminishing, historic Christian populations of Syria, Iraq, and Egypt. The solidarity pledge—signed by National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) president … Continue reading

Christian Center Opens in Iraq

From Ahram Online: Authorities on Sunday opened what they billed as the first Christian cultural centre in Iraq in a decade, despite a dramatic decline in the country’s once significant Christian population. The building was inaugurated in the northern city of Kirkuk, home to a diverse population of Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, and is to … Continue reading