WHO IS THE LEADER OF IRAQ?
President Barham Salih is the leader of Iraq.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN IRAQ?
There are 225,000 Christians in Iraq. They are a tiny minority, making up less than one per cent of the total population of 39.3 million.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN IRAQ?
Islamic extremism is still a problem in Iraq. Although the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) have lost territory in Iraq, their ideology remains. Many of the militants have simply blended back into the general population.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ?
Many families who were forced to flee their homes by IS have been able to return to the Nineveh Plain and begin to rebuild their lives and communities, thanks to the support and prayers of their global church family and the help of Open Doors local church partners. Noeh's family is one of them. He says, “I am very happy now that our house is reconstructed well. I feel great happiness, because I am in the house I used to live in before ISIS.”
"Honestly, the house was so damaged that I didn’t believe it would be possible to reconstruct it again. But I thank God, and everyone who helped us to rebuild it."
- Noeh, whose family was able to repair their home with support from open doors partners
However, violence against Christians continues – attacks, abductions, and even murders are still taking place. Some of the houses of those who fled to escape IS have been illegally occupied.
Christians from Muslim backgrounds often keep their faith a secret – leaving Islam is seen as a huge source of shame, and they may be attacked by family members or others in the community if their new faith is discovered.
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN IRAQ?
You can give to provide vital support
Open Doors works through local partners and churches to support Christians in Iraq through Bible distribution, training, crisis relief and practical support for displaced believers.
£15 could go towards setting up a family in employment or helping them open a small business.
You can SPEAK OUT
Sign up for advocacy alerts for updates on how you can be a voice for our persecuted church family.
You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR IRAQ
Lord Jesus, thank You that our brothers and sisters in Iraq are starting to return to their homes. May You encourage and strengthen them as they begin to rebuild and repair what was destroyed. Protect those who don't have homes to go to, and bring Your healing to believers who have suffered greatly for their faith. May Your Holy Spirit be light, life and hope to Iraq.