23 March 2015
Sunday night, the CBS News program “60 Minutes” presented a powerful report on the ongoing persecution of Christians in Iraq by ISIS. (We covered this issue extensively on the Autumn edition of ONE. Check out Don Duncan’s report on the “Exodus” from last year.)
As correspondent Lara Logan notes:
There are few places on earth where Christianity is as old as it is in Iraq. Christians there trace their history to the first century apostles. But today, their existence has been threatened by the terrorist group that calls itself Islamic State. More than 125,000 Christians — men, women and children — have been forced from their homes over the last 10 months.
The Islamic State — or ISIS — stormed into Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, last summer and took control. From there, it pushed into the neighboring villages and towns across this region, known as the Nineveh Plains, a vast area that’s been home to Christians since the first century after Christ. Much of what took almost 2,000 years to build has been lost in a matter of months.
Watch the report below for an intimate and sobering glimpse at what is unfolding in that corner of the world. Please keep all those involved in your prayers. And remember to visit our giving page to learn how you can help ease the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Iraq and support CNEWA’s work there.