Saturday, September 6, 2008

Two Christians kidnapped, then killed in Iraq

The pastor of St George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, one of the largest churches in Iraq, said that 36 of his members were kidnapped in a month during his testimony before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom in July 2007.

Earlier this year, Christians were shocked when Iraq’s second most senior Catholic cleric was kidnapped and murdered. His body was found in March, two weeks after his disappearance.

The combined effect of church bombings, kidnappings, death threats, economic inequality and general insecurity have forced about half of Iraq’s Christian population to flee the country since the US-led offensive in 2003.

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