Posted by Mahmoud Abunie on February 24, 2016 in Blog
The Middle East is the birthplace of the three Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The three faiths have lived, struggled and overcome many issues throughout history and continue to work through similarities and differences. The fabric of the three faiths are a mosaic of the cultural and ethnic composition that make up the beauty of the Middle East.
Everyone in the Middle East is suffering due to ISIL and their savage attempt to rule through violence and oppression. Christian communities in particular are being particularly targeted by ISIL’s barbarism. The communities suffering most acutely, Maronite, Assyrian, Yazidi, and Shia to name a few, are are fleeing from Iraq and Syria while others are being systematically killed, enslaved, and/or forcibly converted. As many of these communities flee, the religious communities and ethnic minorities shrink. For example, Mosul, a diverse city in Iraq, used to be inhabited by over 100,000 Christians in 2005, but now that number is just over 200 Christians. The out-migration of religious communities disintegrates the historic religious plurality in the Middle East. All people - Jews, Christians, and Muslims - bear the effects of ISIL’s murderous campaign.
Christian leaders and interfaith advocates have started a campaign to bring attention to the suffering of religious communities in the Middle East and urge the United States to act. You can learn about their campaign at StopTheChristianGenocide.org