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As Christians we must help persecuted Christians says former Vicar of Baghdad


Canon Andrew White

Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White asserts that as Christians we should care for the persecuted Christians on priority basis.

England-born Vicar of Baghdad says, “I think our first priority as Christians is to care for our family: We have to care for the Christians,” he asserted. “And what America is very bad at doing is; understanding the needs of persecuted Christians. I don’t mean we should just protect and support the Christians,” he clarified. “But we should primarily help them.”

In the wake of seeing, more than 1,200 Christians who were once members of his congregation, being killed in recent years, including four Christian youth who were beheaded by the ISIS militants just because they defiantly refused to convert to Islam.

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The former Vicar of Baghdad was forced to leave Iraq about a year ago as ISIS (Daesh) continued to advance towards Baghdad. Nonetheless, he has not abandoned his people entirely.

Canon Andrew White’s Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME) keeps on providing shoring up for the persecuted Christians in Iraq while at the same time extending aid to the last remaining Jews in the country; who now number just six.

Canon Andrew White occasionally returns to Iraq for the purpose of overseeing the aid work; nonetheless, he spends majority of his time to look after the persecuted Iraqi Christian refugees who have made a latest, short-term, habitat in Jordan.

However, seeing the ignorance of the United States towards the plight of Christians in Syria and Iraq, he continued making a case for the U.S. to admit persecuted Christians.

“America is supposedly a Christian community. And I know that you say there is separation of church and state. But there isn’t really. There is more connection between church and state here than in England, where all the bishops sit in the houses of Parliament.”