Aside from changing my facebook and twitter profile picture to the arabic letter ‘N’ in solidarity, what can I do? I can pray, for sure, but prayer often leads to an increased desire to act, and I can’t see how to act… so my prayer will be this- help me God to know what to do, and to have the strength to do it. Be with the suffering in Mosul, those who are Christians and other minorities that are being persecuted. Be in the hearts of those who are causing suffering- be at work healing them, bringing dreams of peace and grace, speaking into their lives through your Holy Spirit, and be sovereign in this place, bringing a vision of peace and just reconciliation to the community of Mosul and the country of Iraq. Amen.
And now I think an email to my MP is the next step.
IRAQ’S Christians are begging the world for help. Is anybody listening?
Since capturing the country’s second largest city of Mosul in early June, the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has ordered Christians to convert to Islam, pay taxes levied on non-Muslims, or die. The extremist Sunni group is also persecuting and murdering Turkmen and Shabaks, both Muslim religious minorities.
Human rights lawyer Nina Shea said: “(The Islamic State) took the Christians’ houses, took the cars they were driving to leave. They took all their money. One old woman had her life savings of $40,000, and she said, ‘Can I please have 100 dollars?’, and they said no. They took wedding rings off fingers, chopping off fingers if they couldn’t get the ring off.”
We now have 5,000 destitute, homeless people with no future,” Shea said. “This is a crime against humanity.”
University of Mosul professor Mahmoud Al ‘Asali, a…
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