Islamists from ISIS burnt out the inside and remove the cross from the Armenian Catholic Church of the Martyrs in Raqqa, replacing the crosses with ISIS flags.

In the last month, ISIS have destroyed most of the Ancient Churches in their territory, focing the Christians of their ancient homelands to leave the area with the choice of “Convert, Leave or Die,”

As of 16:55 GMT today (20/7/14) the last Christian family has left Mosul, after over 100 families who refused to leave were forcibly removed from their homes, many dying in the process.

Over 1400 years ago the Christians in this area feared their deaths with the rise of the “Heresy of the Ishmaelites” and demands of the Dhimmi system, now this has returned in an ever more violent fashion.

Lord Have Mercy

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Iraqi TV Host Breaks Down Crying On-Air Over What ISIS Has Done to His Country’s Christians

“They are our own flesh and blood…Who does [ISIS] think it is to drive out our fellow countrymen?!”

“Our country is like a rose, and its petals are the Christians, the Arabs, the Kurds, the Sabians, the Shabak people…These are all our countrymen.”

Over 5,500 Iraqis have been slaughtered since the invasion of ISIS, with tens of thousands of Christians, Shias and Kurds demonised and forced to flee their homes. The world doesn’t seem to care because Iraq is not in Gaza. For those of you posting about Gaza only, I wish you just make an effort to see what’s been happening in Iraq and stand up to this cancer that’s plaguing both Iraq and Syria… Isn’t it about humanity after all?!

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Hey everyone, please PLEASE do not scroll past this, it is really important that this gets passed around! I don’t know if you’ve heard about what Christians in Iraq are going through, they are being forced out of their homes if they don’t convert from their religion, they are slaughtered, and their churches are being burned every day.

Please, regardless of your religious beliefs or lack of, sign this petition so that the Obama administration can assist them:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/help-christians-mosul-and-iraq-who-are-part-modern-day-holocaust/S0cLfXZg 

The Christians in Iraq are in a modern day Holocaust. They are being forced from their homes and given options to leave on foot or die by the sword by the terrorist group ISIS. They need help in many forms to be able to leave the country for safety. Even if someone does not believe in this religion or any religion for that matter, these are crimes against humanity that shouldn’t be happening. The US Govt. has frozen billions of dollars in Iraqi assets, and some of that money could be used to help grant those people political asylum. Crimes against humanity are being committed and the US has the means and Iraq’s money to help.

All you have to do is sign you name and email and then confirm your email. please, it will only take two minutes and we need over 77,000 more signatures by the end of the month. PLEASE sign the petition and please reblog this.

Yesterday the Islamist group ISIS read out an ultimatum to Chrisians from its Mosques. It called on Christians to comply by midday on Saturday or face death if they did not leave the northern city.

The ultimatum cited a historic contract known as “dhimma,” under which non-Muslims in Islamic societies who refuse to convert are offered protection if they pay a fee, called a “jizya”.

"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract - involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," the Isis statement said.

Please keep the native Christians of Iraq in your prayers as they face this threat against their very existence.

Iraq: Shattered Lives by james_gordon_losangeles on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Three-year-old Shams stands at her home in Baghdad Iraq, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008. Sham’s young life changed on Nov, 23, 2006 when a car bomb exploded near her father’s pickup as he was driving his family home after a visit to his wife’s parents in the Shiite district of Sadr City. The blast left Shams blind and killed her mother.

The world's oldest handbag?

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A 14th Century women’s accessory from Northern Iraq, the centrepiece of a new exhibition at London’s Courtauld Gallery, may be the earliest surviving handbag in the world, writes Tanvi Misra.

Made of brass and inlaid with gold and silver, the bag is the only one of its kind - which made it difficult for experts to work out what it was. Previously thought to be a work basket, document wallet, or even a saddlebag, it is now understood to be a woman’s handbag made in Mosul in the 1300s.

Most decorations on the bag are traditionally Islamic, but a court scene shows Mosul’s metalworkers adapting to appeal to their new rulers from the Mongol Il-Khanid dynasty. Read more.

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