THE CURRENT SITUATION:
The terrorist group ISIL (formally ISIS) has mounted an offensive in Northern Iraq and has violently taken large areas and cities surrounding the autonomous Democratic state of Kurdistan, many of the cities are heavily populated by Iraqi Christian and other religious minority groups. ISIL has demanded that all Christians in the areas they now occupy to “convert or die”. ISIL is beheading children, gang raping women and crucifying Iraqi Christians – it is unknown how many Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities have been slaughtered so far in this Holocaust, but the number is thought to be great.
“Simply put, ISIL is an unholy combination of al-Qaeda, the Khmer Rouge, and the Nazis.”
“A Christian girl (a child) was beheaded by ISIS terrorists as a warning to others”
An estimated 500,000 people from Iraqi Christian and other religious minority groups have or are attempting to flee the ISIL genocide to the safe haven of Kurdistan. A reported 200,000 Christians are seeking sanctuary in Kurdistan, primarily in the Ainkawa neighborhood in the capital of Erbil. Most of these men, women and children have abandoned their homes with nothing but the clothing on their backs and have no means to care for their families. These families are now homeless and living in churches, monasteries, schools and on the street in Ainkawa. They have no access to free medical care and they desperately require food, water, clothing and medicine.
“They (Iraqi Christians) are camping on the floors of church halls, in a building site, in the street. An old woman was sleeping in a flower bed. Another begged for help”