People who fled from the violence in Mosul walk inside the Khazer refugee camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Arbil. Hundreds of Christian families abandoned homes in Mosul to jihadist gunmen as they fled an ultimatum threatening their community’s centuries-old presence in the northern Iraqi city. Reuters
“Terrified Christians flee Iraq after having their doors marked by ISIS.”
Bushra (centre right) rests with her husband and family members in the shadow of a building in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. They walked from their farm near Mosul to a checkpoint near the Kurdistan region’s Erbil city. The family fled with almost no belongings. UNCHR
So Australia’s ABC News Online announces the desperate plight of our Christian brothers and sisters in Mosul. The brief report reads,
ISIS militants have imposed Sharia law on the city of Mosul, where Christians have lived since not long after the death of Christ. Last week the fundamentalists gave people 24 hours to leave Mosul or convert to Islam and pay a tax. ISIS militants have been going around Mosul marking the doors of Christian homes red. Some reports suggest that, with the alternative being death, the last Christians have now left the city. But that’s impossible to confirm.
Refugees of the Islamic State’s self-imposed sharia rest at a local shelter. AFP/Haidar Hamdani
Most Mosul Christians fled to the autonomous region of Kurdistan in northern Iraq. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports,
The exodus from Mosul, which began earlier this week, follows massive displacement this year in the western Iraqi governorate of Anbar, where fighting since January has forced some half-a-million people to flee the province or seek shelter in safer areas. Local authorities say that as a result of the new outflows from Mosul a further 300,000 additional people have arrived in the past days.
Iraq refugees were seen fleeing Mosul on Thursday en route to the self-ruled northern Kurdish region, as they walk past an area in Irbil, Iraq, 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad. AP
Please pray for our Christian brothers and sisters from Mosul. Ask the Lord to move His people worldwide to provide for their needs, especially that of the children.