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Warning of fresh risk of genocide to Christians in the Middle East

Warning of fresh risk of genocide to Christians in the Middle East

Country: 
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Iraq
Palestine
Syrian Arab Republic
Turkey
News Date: 
20/12/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

An emergency relief expert in the Middle East has warned of a second genocide of Christians in the region. 

Fr Andrzej Halemba, head of Middle East projects at Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), said that Christians could face total eradication from countries such as Iraq and Syria, where they have existed since the time of Christ's first apostles.

He said: "I cannot imagine the Middle East without Christians. But the threat is real. Daesh (ISIS) wanted to eradicate Christians. 

"The genocidal mentality is alive with Al-Nusra and other groups. If Christians can stay together and help each other, they can stay in the Middle East. If they don't, it can be like Turkey after the terrible genocide in 1915."