It’s where it all started and soon may end. The Middle East has been home to Christians for two millennia, but will they survive 2014? Over centuries of persecution, their population has dwindled. With bloody ISIS purges across Iraq, they may face extinction. Once-flourishing subcultures in places like Lebanon and Egypt are also seeing waves of persecution and violence. Many in Iraq, their houses painted with the Arabic letter for “Nazarenes,” are leaving churches empty, and anthropologists fear they’ll disappear entirely from the land of the prophets.
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