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Situation worsens for Christians in Iraq
The Reverend Canon Andrew White, Vicar of Baghdad, has said that the situation for Christians is worse now than under the regime of Saddam Hussein.
In an interview with CBS' 60 Minutes, he said, "There’s no comparison between Iraq now and then," he told Pelley. "Things are the most difficult they have ever been for Christians. Probably ever in history. They’ve never known it like now."
White took the news team to an underground church. The worshippers were all women and children. The men, he said, "are mainly killed. Some are kidnapped. Some are killed. In the last six months things have got particularly bad for the Christians. Here in this church, all of my leadership were originally taken and killed."
White has been ministering in Baghdad for nine years. He estimates that all but a handful of Iraq's Christians have now fled, either to Jordan or Syria. He spends his time feeding those who are left because it is the only decent meal they will get in a week.
Asked why this is happening, White replied, "It's happening because religion has gone wrong. And when religion goes wrong, it kills others...The Muslim religion has gone wrong, and in the past, Christianity has gone wrong. And what I say to people very clearly is that the history of Christianity is no better than the history of Islam."
In February 2008, gunman murdered Iraqi Archbishop Paul Faraj Rahho. Please continue to pray for Andrew White's safety and ministry.