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Iraq: IS/Daesh booby-trapped toys to stop Christians returning
Iraq: IS/Daesh booby-trapped toys to stop Christians returning

Extremists driven out of Iraq's the Nineveh Plains "riddled the region with land mines" and "put bombs in children's toys" according to a senior Catholic cleric.Father Luis Montes, Latin Episcopal Vicar for Kurdistan, told Aid to the Church in Need: "Approximately 60 percent of the homes on the Nineveh Plains were burned down. The terrorists not only seized all of their belongings. They riddled the region with land mines." He said that members of Daesh (ISIS) had also "put bombs in with children's toys"

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Iraq:  At least 100 places of worship destroyed by IS/Daesh in Nineveh Plain
Iraq: At least 100 places of worship destroyed by IS/Daesh in Nineveh Plain

A new report due to be published shortly, shows that at least 100 places of worship have been vandalized or completely demolished in the territories of Mosul and Nineveh Province since June 2014, when IS/Darsh imposed their rule in that region. The report is being complied by the Commission on Crimes Committed by IS/Daesh, with information collected by the Kurdish Peshmerga troops who have been liberating the area from the Jihadists. Mariwan Naqshbandi, spokesman for the Ministry of Religious Affairs of the Autonomous Region of Iraqi Kurdistan,

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Iraq:  'Convert or we will shoot you'
Iraq: 'Convert or we will shoot you'

A Christian mother and son in Iraq have told their story of survival after two years of terror living under Daesh (ISIS). In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, widow Jandark Behnam Mansour Nassi, 55, and her son, 16-year-old Ismail, describe their experiences at the hands of Daesh extremists. Ismail, who the militants jailed, recounts seeing gun-wielding Jihadi children kill orange-clad Daesh prisoners and how he witnessed a woman bound hand and foot being stoned to death.

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Syria: Kidnapped priest says 'all faiths suffer under IS/Daesh'
Syria: Kidnapped priest says 'all faiths suffer under IS/Daesh'

A priest who survived being kidnapped by IS/Daesh, has said that it is "inappropriate" to say that there is an ongoing genocide of Christians in the Middle East. While Christians have suffered terribly, so have Muslims, Father Jacques Murad a Syrian Catholic monk from the Deir Mar Musa Community, said. "The victims of violence in Syria are all Syrians, Muslims and Christians. And the poor are those who suffer most, those who have not had a chance to escape." he said.

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Archbishop of Canterbury: We must move away from saying IS has 'nothing to do with Islam'
Archbishop of Canterbury: We must move away from saying IS has 'nothing to do with Islam'

The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that claims that the atrocities of IS/Daesh have "nothing to do with Islam" are harming efforts to confront and combat extremism. In an address to the Catholic Institute of Paris on Thursday, during a ceremony awarding the Archbishop an honorary doctorate, the Most Rev Justin Welby said that religious leaders of all faiths must "stand up and take responsibility" for the actions of extremists who profess to follow their faith. "If we treat religiously-motivated violence solely as a security issue, or a political issue, then it will be incredibly difficult - probably

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Iraq: Could the Christians return?
Iraq: Could the Christians return?

If Mosul is recaptured from Daesh (ISIS) it could pave the way for the return of Iraqi Christians to their ancient homelands in neighbouring Nineveh - according to bishops and other Church leaders who want to reach a deal with the government. A delegation to Iraq made up of MPs and clergy led by Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, which has provided emergency help for displaced Iraqi Christians, found that Church leaders and other leading Church figures were developing proposals which would enable the faithful

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Syria: Christians afraid IS/Daesh will return
Syria: Christians afraid IS/Daesh will return

Christians will not be returning to Al Qaryatayn, according to Church sources, despite the Syrian army's success in driving Daesh (IS) from the town. Father Jihad Yousef, of the Syriac-Catholic Order of Mar Musa, told Aid to the Church in Need: "The residents who have fled - both Christians and Muslims - are afraid. They fear that IS may come back again." Although Daesh was driven out of Al Qaryatayn in central Syria early last week, Fr Yousef said it was unlikely life would return to normal soon.

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Lord Alton: UK Government 'in complete denial' about IS genocide
Lord Alton: UK Government 'in complete denial' about IS genocide

Lord David Alton of Liverpool has called on the British Government to act without delay and follow the US by declaring Daesh (ISIS) atrocities a genocide against faith minorities. The Crossbench member of the British House of Lords and trustee of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (UK) criticised David Cameron's government for being "in a state of complete denial" about the extremists' violence against Christians, Yazidis and Shiite Muslims. Lord Alton made his comments after US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday

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Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mosul in new appeal to Pope and the world
Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mosul in new appeal to Pope and the world

In July 2014, when Mosul was captured by the terror group Daesh (ISIS), Christians living in the area were called either to convert to Islam, pay a protection tax or to leave the city. Otherwise they were risking their lives. Consequently thousands of Christians fled their homes and villages, relinquishing their communities and leaving behind their centuries old communities and Christian heritage... Saher Kawas from the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem spoke to Bishop Yohanno Petros Mouche, Syriac Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk and Kurdistan about his experience

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Lord Alton writes on martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians a year ago today
Lord Alton writes on martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians a year ago today

David Alton writes: It is especially important that we mark the anniversary of the brutal murder of the 21 Coptic Christians in Libya a year ago, not only to keep them in our memory, but to remember and advocate for all those who continue to face persecution in the Middle East. What is happening to Christians and minorities in the region is nothing short of Genocide and we must not stand by and watch as whole communities are eradicated. These 21 Coptic Christians who lost their lives are testimony to the strength of Faith and courage of many Christians around

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Syria: Christians flee as extremists advance towards oil fields
Syria: Christians flee as extremists advance towards oil fields

Thousands of Christians are fleeing the Syrian town of Sadad, according to a leading bishop, who has warned of advancing Daesh (ISIS) forces. Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh told Aid to the Church in Need that 15,000 people had already fled Sadad and nearby Al-Hafar since last Saturday when the Islamists begun assaults on nearby towns. With the jihadists seizing Maheen, a town less than five miles from Sadad, a vast exodus was underway to towns and cities including Homs, nearly 40 miles south, Zaidal and Fairouzeh.

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CSW calls on Cameron to raise religious freedom with Egyptian president
CSW calls on Cameron to raise religious freedom with Egyptian president

Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has written to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to raise human rights concerns, including long-term issues regarding freedom of religion or belief, with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi during his official visit to the UK this week. President Sisi's visit comes at a time when terrorism has been on the increase across Egypt. While most acts of terror are concentrated on the Sinai region where the jihadi group and Daesh (Islamic State) affiliate Anṣār Bayt al-Maqdis is based, regular bomb explosions targeting government, judicial and security buildings,

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Syria: Kidnapped priest describes how he escaped IS
Syria: Kidnapped priest describes how he escaped IS

Father Jacques Mourad has told how he escaped Daesh (ISIS) in Syria with the help of a friend whose family had been helped by the priest's programme of aid to the poor and disadvantaged. Speaking out after nearly six months in the hands of the Islamist terror group, Fr Mourad said that with the help of the friend he had escaped Daesh-held Qaratayn on the back of a motorbike disguised as an Islamist fighter. The friend, who had links with Daesh, had told Fr Mourad he was impressed by the priest's humanitarian relief work in Qaratayn - supplying food, shelter and medicine - funded

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Syria: IS/Daesh executes three Christians
Syria: IS/Daesh executes three Christians

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that three Christians who were part of a group of 200 held captive by Daesh (Islamic State) since February have been executed. The terrorist group released a video on 8 October showing Dr Abdel-Maseeh Aniyah, Ashur Rustam Abraham and Bassam Issa Michael in orange jumpsuits. The men were ordered to confirm their names before being shot dead. Daesh have threatened to execute the remaining hostages if their ransoms were not paid.

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 Iraq: Leader of Iraq's Christians calls for national plan to stop IS/Daesh
Iraq: Leader of Iraq's Christians calls for national plan to stop IS/Daesh

In a strongly-worded statement addressed to the Iraqi government, the leader of the Chaldean Church, Patriarch Raphael Louis Sako called on his country's leaders to do their utmost to defeat "extremist groups that wear religious habits [whose] use of violence to extend their control are a danger to all." The thinly veiled reference to Daesh (ISIS) came in a letter dated Thursday 6 August 2015, exactly one year after more than 120,000 Christians fled the Nineveh Plane after Daesh's capture of Qaraqosh, the last Christian majority town in Iraq.

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Iraq: ACN pledges vital new help for Iraqi refugees
Iraq: ACN pledges vital new help for Iraqi refugees

One year on from the mass exodus of more than 120,000 Christians from Qaraqosh following an invasion by Daesh (ISIS), Aid to the Church in Need has announced new projects providing emergency aid and much needed pastoral support for displaced people in Iraq. The new help was announced exactly one year after Christians living in Qaraoshthe largest Christian city in Iraq were forced to flee as Kurdish troops withdrew and the terrorist organisation Daesh advanced.

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Syria: City surrounded by jihadists, 232 Christians held hostage
Syria: City surrounded by jihadists, 232 Christians held hostage

A Syrian Catholic Archbishop has described how his city is now surrounded on all sides by ISIS/Daish militia. Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo, head of Archieparchy in Hassaké-Nisibi said: "We are going through a terrible time. The jihadists of the Islamic State attacked Hassaké for two days. They were warded off by the army and Kurdish militias. But we are cut off, like an island surrounded by jihadists from all sides." Archbishop Hindo, who is head of Archieparchy in Hassaké-Nisibi described the dramatic conditions lived by the population of the largest city in the northeastern Syrian province

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 Bishop Lang on  atrocity committed against Ethiopian Christians in Libya
Bishop Lang on atrocity committed against Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Bishop Declan Lang, Bishop of CLifton has issued the following statement today on behalf of the Bishops Conference of England and Wales. Once more, it is with a sense of deep sadness and grief that we mourn the deaths of innocent Ethiopian Christian workers who were killed with such impunity by Daesh (ISIS) in Libya. Our sorrow can easily spill into anger when thinking of the mounting number of victims of such men who clothe their actions with religion while murdering civilians across the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA).

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Coptic Archbishop condemns brutal murder of Christians in Libya
Coptic Archbishop condemns brutal murder of Christians in Libya

His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom has issued the following statement last night. It is with deep feelings of sorrow and pain that we received confirmation earlier this evening of the brutal murder of Coptic Christians in Libya at the hands of Daesh (IS). While every life is sacred and every death tragic, the particular brutality demonstrated in this instance and others like it shows not only a disregard for life but a gross misunderstanding of its sanctity and equal value in every person.

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Egypt  launches air strikes in response to murder of 21 Christians
Egypt launches air strikes in response to murder of 21 Christians

Egypt has launched a series of air strikes in response to the murders of 21 Egyptian Christians by Daesh (Islamic State) in Libya. A video released  on 15 February showed the mass beheading of the 21 men, who were dressed in orange jumpsuits, on a beach outside the Libyan capital Tripoli. Prior to the beheadings a masked militant dressed in military camouflage described the men as “followers of the hostile Egyptian Church.”   The group, from a rural community in the Governorate of Minya in Upper Egypt,

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