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Iraq makes Christmas a holiday

4 February 2019 |

The Iraqi government has designated Christmas Day as a public holiday, encouraging the 300,000 Christians left in the 95 per cent Muslim country.

On 25 December, the Iraqi government tweeted: “Happy Christmas to our Christian citizens, all Iraqis and to … Read More

Kidnapped girl found

1 February 2018 |

Another fresh start for an uncertain Christina on her way home to Dohuk

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“Time to engage with the bad guys” says Vicar of Baghdad

27 July 2017 |

Canon Andrew White, St George’s Church of England Foundation School, Broadstairs, Kent,
4 June. Report by Iris Watson

The strong reputation of Iraq based, wheelchair-bound, Canon Andrew White (the ‘Vicar of Baghdad’) drew hundreds of Christians from several denominations.

He spoke of the vast number of slaughtered Christian friends he has personally lost and of the 100,000 Christians in prison in North Korea. One man, who had smuggled Bibles into North Korea, was executed; the barbaric cruelty that followed also took the lives of his family, while the remainder of his relatives, young and old, were imprisoned. Read More


25 November 2016 |

Last updated on November 26th, 2016 at 10:13 pm

A group of Christian girls has been rescued from Isis after they texted their local priest.

Under the headline of ‘Divine intervention’, the Sunday Express reported that seven girls … Read More

Gasps and tears at a church ruined by Isis

24 November 2016 |

Last updated on November 27th, 2016 at 09:10 am

There were gasps, followed by tears at a small church in northern Iraq as a group of Christians returned to their parish Sunday November 13 to find that everything had been … Read More


27 July 2016 |

Homes, shops and churches destroyed in Lahore, Pakistan, as police look on. ©

3,000 more killed than in 2015 – and that doesn’t even include North Korea, Syria and Iraq

Global persecution of Christians has risen to around 100 million, according to Open Doors, the charity supporting persecuted Christians.

It also reveals that North Korea tops its World Watch List for the 14th consecutive year, as the most difficult place to be a Christian.

The Open Doors website ( says: “The persecution of Christians has increased… across every region in which Open Doors works… Religious extremism – Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist – is the greatest source of persecution of Christians.” Read More

Music and marriage tips for refugees

7 June 2016 |

Last updated on June 8th, 2016 at 07:48 pm

This paper has reported extensively on the devastating impact of Isis on Iraq’s civilians, including the scandal of our government only taking refugees from UN camps which Christians are scared to enter.

But now we have a positive story! Larry Gentis from West Sussex spent a week in Erbil, Kurdistan, teaching music to Christian refugees and venturing to give marriage tips in a very different culture. Read More

Obama and UN urged to follow EU in calling ISIS slaughter ‘genocide’

24 March 2016 |

After the EU and Council of Europe recognised the slaughter of Middle East Christians by ISIS as genocide, the US Christian campaigners American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) urged the UN and President Obama to follow suit.

Once the terror group’s 21-month vicious rampage through Northern Iraq and Syria is recognised as genocide, human rights agreements oblige participating governments to respond. Read More

Genocide against Christians in Iraq and Syria

3 February 2016 |

Now is the time to make your voice heard

Christians in Iraq and Syria are experiencing genocide. Last issue we included a petition for Barnabas Fund’s Operation Safe Haven to send to the Prime Minister.

But until Christians in the Middle East are safe, we need to keep urging our government to work directly with the Christian community. Our Government has refused to take refugees from anywhere but the UN-run camps, which are predominantly Muslim, so Christians have been avoiding the camps and fleeing to safer areas, preferring to camp on church premises.

Now Wilfred Wong, a barrister with 26 years’ experience of campaigning for persecuted Christians worldwide, most of whom live in the Muslim world, has written a letter for readers to use as a model to send to the Prime Minister. Read More


3 February 2016 |

Last updated on February 4th, 2019 at 03:40 pm

Read how Samara and Yochana are seeing their visions become reality

Samara Levy

Samara Levy

Samara Levy

Samara Levy is married and has two children aged three and six. She is becoming well-known for her work in sending aid to refugees.

What’s your vision?

To see the Church being the salt and light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16) through clothing the naked, caring for the sick and feeding the hungry. Read More

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