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ISIS Purges Mosul, Iraq, of all Christians

Updated on July 23, 2014
Thousands of Christians elect to flee ISIS in Mosul
Thousands of Christians elect to flee ISIS in Mosul
Those who refuse-die.
Those who refuse-die.
Many seek refuge.
Many seek refuge.

Just in June, 2014, there were 30,000 Christians living in Iraq's second largest city, Mosul. Up until ISIS small army of 5000 men routed 15,000 Iraqi soldiers based in the area, they and Muslims lived in peace. In 2003, there were 65,000 living in Mosul. But, that all changed when the terrorist Islamists invaded and seized the city of millions in miraculous fashion.

After ISIS have conquered the city and after the "honeymoon" phase to win the hearts and minds of its people, they started to show their real color. The first target where to rid of all Christians. They were not given much of a choice:

  1. Convert to Islam
  2. Pay an exorbitant tax for being Christian
  3. Leave Mosul
  4. Be killed

Islamists have been seen branding Christian houses with the letter "N" for "Nassarah," a term used for Christians in the Quran. This is a chilling reminder of what Hitler did to Jews in WW2. The Christian churches have been seized and some burned or in ruin. AS the last 1500 Christian families fled with only what they could carry, they were robbed at ISIS checkpoints. Another chilling reminder of another time, a time of the Nazi.All families who fled on the last day reported having money, belongings, jewelry, and even documents stolen from them.

After ISIS took Mosul, the first purge was directed at the Shia sect. ISIS is Sunni. ISIS has destroyed 20 churches and seized 400 Christian owned businesses. This is like a page from the Hitler playbook against the Jews. The Christian flight from Mosul places a burden on the communities in the area because ISIS punishes those communities to support or help the Christians.

The economic impact is great. Gas is already $6 a gallon, which is a very large sum of money there. Many services are gone because they were operated by Christians. Electricity is only available for one hour a day. This means food needing refrigeration is gone.

But as these Hitler-like methods occur, where is the outcry of the world or President Obama? Is he Christian or Muslim? Why has he not even mention this at news conferences? Where is the U.N? The Bishop in Mosul considers the silence from the West an outrage.

Maybe the blight of 35,000 is not large enough, yet, the shooting down killing 300 is?


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    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      4 years ago from California

      Hi, After 3 weeks in the Alaskan bush am catching up.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      The whole ISIS thing is disturbing and President Obama does not even address the issue regarding the Christians. I find this equally disturbing. Yet, he can travel for a fund raiser.

    • maxoxam41 profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      Why were the Christians abandoned in Syria when the djihadists that we are supporting were massacring them? I don't recall that under Assad's presidency, they were persecuted? And why do you emphasize the Christians what about the children that died, what about the civilians, are you human or are you a machine? You are crying for Christians and are careless for the rest? If you are Christian, since your only interest is aimed at their direction, do you REALLY represent what being Christian is? Because if you are, I am happy to be atheist. At least, I have morals.


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