Source of persecution: Islamic extremism
Christians in Iraq are on the verge of extinction. Large numbers have fled abroad or to the (until recently) safer Kurdish region, where they face unemployment and inadequate schooling, medical care and housing. The church faces many challenges – members being killed or abducted, and a lack of capable leaders. In central and southern Iraq, traditional Christians suffer as much as Muslim-background believers, as a result of their visibility. In May 2012, 20 Christian families in Mosul received threats, and the house of another Christian was set on fire.
For the many Christians displaced from their homes by threats of murder or abduction
Ask God to raise up godly, wise leaders to shepherd the church
For Open Doors trauma counsellors working with children and families affected by persecution.