View Full Version : Iraqi Christians flee Baghdad

05-09-2007, 07:39 AM
From Chicago Tribune (,1,7650840,print.story?ctrack=1&cset=true) news:
BAGHDAD -- Christians are fleeing in droves from the southern Baghdad district of Dora after Sunni insurgents told them they would be killed unless they converted to Islam or left, according to Christian leaders and families who fled.

Similar episodes of what has become known as sectarian cleansing raged through Baghdad neighborhoods last year as Sunnis drove Shiites from Sunni areas and Shiites drove Sunnis from Shiite ones, but this marks the first apparent attempt to empty an entire Baghdad neighborhood of Christians, the Christians say.

The exodus began three weeks ago after a fatwa, or religious edict, was issued by Sunni insurgents offering Christians a stark choice: to convert to Islam and pay an ancient Islamic tax known as "jizyah," or to depart within 24 hours and leave their property behind. If they did neither, they said, they faced death.

Sunni gunmen have been enforcing the edict with a dozen or so kidnappings, a shooting, by knocking on doors and by posting leaflets on walls—actions that have prompted hundreds of Christians to leave an area that was once home to one of Baghdad's largest Christian communities.

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Dark Jedi
05-15-2007, 12:19 PM
Gotta love all the 'help' we have given the region these past several years.

05-15-2007, 12:24 PM
Anybody else see the irony in a war created by fundamentalist christian republicans causing fellow christians to be persecuted? Reminds me of a bumper sticker..."Jesus loves you! Everybody else thinks you're an a**hole!"