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Christian exodus of Iraq continues
There is a continuing exodus of Christians from Iraq, new figures have shown.
More than ever before, Iraqi Christians live in fear for their lives. The bodies of many Christians have been found in shallow graves recently, ranging from Bishops and Priests to 5-year old Christian children.
Pope Benedict XVI this week called on the world to support "the ancient Christian community of that noble land."
Before the Allied invasion of 2003, there were 1.4 m Christians living in peace in Iraq. They were generally well treated and held many influential posts in the government as well as in the community: doctors, lawyers and such like. Now, it is estimated that only 400,000 Christians live in Iraq - and they are mostly in fear for their lives.
Christians are on an exodus from the Middle-East generally - but nowehere else is seeing the vast numbers of displaced believers as Iraq.
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