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Join us for our Night of Prayer for Iraq
Find out About the Conflict
In the last two months a staggering 850,000 Iraqis, mostly Christians, Shi’ites and Yazidi, have fled their homes as Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS) fighters have swept across the north of the country. threatening with death all who will not adopt their version of Islam. An estimated 10,000 people have lost their lives, most of whom are civilians.
Religious and ethnic minority groups have been particularly targeted, and many have been subjected to unspeakable brutalities. It is estimated that a quarter of Iraq’s Christians have fled, threatened by IS at best with fines, at worst with forced conversion or death.
All these refugees, the innocent victims of this crisis, are in desperate need of food, water and medical care in the short term and a place of safety to re-establish their families and livelihoods in the longer term.
We kept a Night of Prayer for Iraq on Friday 29th August from 9.30pm. After a service of Compline and an hour of Silent Vigil, an overnight Prayer Watch was kept until 7am.
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