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Situation worsening for Christians in Baghdad

Catholic World News - November 22, 2011

The Dominican superior in Baghdad has told Aid to the Church in Need that the situation has worsened for Christians in recent weeks amid fears that extremists are infiltrating churches.

“The next five or six years are going to be crucial to determine if Christians will stay in the country,” says Father Amir Jaje. “They are still leaving. The ones who could afford it already moved to Europe or USA.”

“The second choice for them was nearer countries like Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan. The third choice was northern Iraq, but many of those who left are coming back because they can’t find work or can’t get accustomed to the Kurdish language.”

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