Believers Worldwide Support Persecuted Iraqi Christians with Social Media Campaign
This week, Christians around the world have changed their social media profile images to the Arabic symbol for N to support believers facing increasing persecution in Iraq. One Mosul believer expressed her gratitude for the support and revealed the horror taking place.
The unnamed Christian, now living in the safer Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, has been shocked by how quickly Muslim extremists have overthrown the area, as reported by Christianity Today:
“I can't believe what's happening now. And it's all happening all so fast. 2,000 years of Christian history and presence is being destroyed. I am confused and sad. Everybody is. On the news I saw the extremists replaced the cross on our church in Mosul with the black flag of the Islamic State. They are doing a call of Islamic prayer from our church. They have turned it into a mosque.
“I can't believe it. I wanted to cry when I saw this on the news. This past weekend, the Islamic State gave Christians in Mosul an ultimatum: convert, pay a high tax, leave before Saturday at noon, or die. All Christians chose to leave. This is what we have feared for a long time.”
To show support for those forced to flee, many Christians around the world have changed their social media profile images or posted pictures of the Arabic letter ن (N), calling the campaign #WeAreN. Isis militants have used the letter to mark Christians in Iraq:
“We also changed our Facebook profile pictures to the letter N for Nasrani, meaning ‘Christians.’ In Mosul, this letter was used to mark the Christian houses.
“It's encouraging to see that around the world people are supporting us. We are still proud to be Christians. We will always be Christians.”