Please read Islamists Driving Christians out of Iraq at Mission Network News.
Mission Network News
"Iraq's Christian heritage is like its wetland marshes. What was once teeming with life had been drained off and resembles a desert. Paul Estabrooks with Open Doors says, "The Christians are being told, 'We want a Muslim-only nation. We do not want any Christians here.' This is similar to what is going on today in northern Sudan." Extremists are targeting Christians and driving them out of the country. Today, there are roughly 300,000 left of the 1.2 million there were 20 years ago. Still, church leaders who remain are encouraging the remnant to stay. "There's a sense in which the Salt and Light Christians [bring to] a land must remain there. This is the appeal Christians are making to us, for our prayers on their behalf." Open Doors is coming alongside this remnant to help. Why? Remember the comparison to the wetland marshes? A civil engineer found a way to get the water from the Tigris and Euphrates flowing back. They're teeming with life now.. So it is with the seeds of the Church."