Iraq’s Christian population has dropped 80 percent, from 1.4 million to 250,000, since the U.S. invaded in 2003. Those remaining are making the painful choice of leaving some of their faith’s oldest communities, like the Nineveh Plain, or facing increasing intolerance and extremism. Those who stayed, after surviving ISIS’ onslaught, face harassment from other historically persecuted groups like the Shabak and Kurds.
Is there any hope? Influenced by evangelical supporters, the Trump administration has earmarked $300 million in Nineveh Plain aid, but at same time, admissions of Iraqi Christian refugees has been cut 98 percent in the past two years.
Read OZY’s feature on the repatriation of Iraq’s stolen treasures.