Desperation in Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains

(CNN) — The Sinjar Mountains rise suddenly from the endless desert of northern Iraq, a ridge of craggy rock some 50 kilometers (30 miles) long, running east to west. Barren and windswept, some 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) high, they make a forbidding sight. But for centuries, they have been the refuge of the desperate and…

Iraqi Journalist Launches Christian Solidarity Campaign

Iraqi journalist Dahlia al-Aqidi recently launched the “We Are All Christians” campaign to protest the displacement of Mosul’s Christians at the hands of the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL). Al-Aqidi, who is from a Sunni family, wore a cross to confirm her support for this cause. The journalist, who works for “Houna Baghdad”,…

Christian woman escapes Sudan, greeted by Francis

July 25, 2104 – ROME – A mother put on death row for refusing to reject Christianity met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, just hours after she fled Sudan. Meriam Ibrahim was flown out of the country with her American husband and two young children. She was blessed by the pontiff during a private audience and…

Execution or exodus, Iraqi Christians face grim choice

19 July 2014 –  From AhramOnline, and Egyptian news source: “On Friday, Mosul’s mosques called through loudspeakers for Christians to leave, after centuries of being part of the once cosmopolitan city’s social fabric. Fadi said he could not afford to flee and argued that the prospects for those who did were hardly better. Islamic State (IS)…

“Attackers went to churches with bombs and guns”…

This just in today… “Maiduguri: Suspected Islamist militants killed dozens of people in an attack on three Nigerian villages, including one targeting worshippers at a church, a few kilometres from Chibok, the scene of an abduction of more than 200 school girls. Residents said the gunmen riding on motorcycles opened fire on worshippers and pursued them…