Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Iraqi Christians heavily targeted by extremists and insurgents

The Iraqi Christian community says it is being specifically targeted – with unparalleled intensity – by insurgents, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported Thursday.

In this year-to-date, 10 churches have been bombed, two leading clergymen have been murdered, and numerous worshippers have been targeted and accosted.

Some Iraqi Christians claim the attacks against them constitute a campaign of genocide.

The Christian community numbered around one-million before the 2003 invasion. Now, after five years of violent civil unrest, the community has fallen to between 500,000 and 700,000 people.

While the violence has affected all Iraqis, the Christian community is particularly vulnerable because, unlike other groups, it has no militia or tribes for protection. According to the article, Christians have had to rely on coalition and Iraqi forces instead, but they maintain that the forces have let them down.

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