Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing says an Iraqi priest

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Christians in Iraq and Syria

Christians in the Middle East still survive in fear as the Islamic State continues to charge against civilians in Iraq and Syria.

According to media reports, various Christian organizations are trying to help out Christians in Iraq and Syria, but the damage is of such a great extent that it is simply not enough.

A spokesman for Aid to the Church in Need- John Newton says, “Christians have become a form of currency in this tragedy. I know of one priest who was kidnapped for two months… they asked for a ransom of $120,000, which the family managed to raise and deliver… But hours later, the priest was killed and his body cut up, with pieces of him sent in a box to the family.”

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He went on to say that it is very difficult for his organisation and the others to keep track of all the kidnapped priests. The militant group has been increasingly kidnapping Christians and priests and “No one knows who took the priests, nor what their fate was, but the two priests they were trying to free have since been executed,” said Newton.

“We are Christian, so we are used to having our luggage always prepared. We always have to run away, escape from place to place,” he said.

Andrew White-Vicar of Anglican Church in Baghdad says, “Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing. We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off. The Christians are in grave danger.

There are literally Christians living in the desert and on the street. They have nowhere to go. Are we seeing the end of Christianity? We are committed come what may, we will keep going to the end, but it looks as though the end could be very near.”