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Iraq and Syria: betrayed

Iraqi and Syrian Christians feel ‘abandoned, even betrayed’ by the international community, said one church leader, who represents Christian communities across the Middle East.

Barnabas Fund

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A church in Baghdad | photo: iStock

Western politicians do not take an interest in the plight of Christians – despite the fact that they have been the targets of violence and genocide for years – because, he said: ‘We don’t have the numbers, we don’t have the oil, we don’t pose any terrorist threat to the civilised world. We have been put aside and neglected. Many Iraqi Christians remain displaced, with no funding to rebuild the towns in which they used to live, while Western countries are denying Christians official refugee status. (See articles on Whitehall cover-up and Hungary’s response to refugees.)