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Iraq Crisis "Worst Persecution since Holocaust"

  • Carrie Dedrick
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2014 Sep 04
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Human rights group Amnesty International has condemned Islamic State (IS) terrorists of committing war crimes. 

 

According to investigator Donatella Rovera, the human rights organization has procured evidence that Islamic State is committing an “ethnic cleansing,” or ridding north Iraq of Christians and other religious minorities. 

 

"The massacres and abductions being carried out by the Islamic State provide harrowing new evidence that a wave of ethnic cleansing against minorities is sweeping across northern Iraq," Rovera said.

 

Amnesty International recently released a 26-page report detailing the acts of persecution that IS has committed throughout recent weeks. According to the group, 830,000 Christians, Shiite Muslims, Yazidis and Mandeans have been forced out of their homes. “Hundreds if not thousands” of Yazidi women and children have been kidnapped, and many Iraqis that practice religions other than Islam have been killed. 

 

Canon Andrew White, the “Vicar of Baghdad” has refused to leave the area despite the desperation situation. He said that what is happening in Iraq is “the worst reality of religious persecution since the Holocaust.”

 

 

Publication date: September 4, 2014

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