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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Christians in Iraq seek refuge in Erbil

    


Many Christian families have fled ISIL seeking refuge in other areas in Iraq.
Erbil shelters many internally displaced people, including an unfinished mall which houses 400 families.

Aidah Nouh is not the only mother whose daughter was kidnapped in Iraq. Rights groups say there are increasing reports of families who say ISIL have taken their daughters.

Iraq has one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, with many speaking Eastern Aramaic. Numbers of the minority group have dwindled since the 2003 Iraq invasion, when they numbered around 1,500,000 people. Today the number is estimated to be as low as 200,000, with fears the number could diminish further given Iraq's ongoing crisis.


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