IRAQ – Iraq Inches Toward Governance as Baghdad Christians Consider Fleeing

International Christian Concern | Oct. 3, 2018

International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on October 2, 2018, Iraq’s interim government took a positive step toward breaking months of deadlock by naming a new president and prime minister. However, negotiations remain underway regarding several other key government positions.

The government has struggled to form since the contested May election. This has contributed to a steep security decline, increasing the vulnerability of Iraq’s Christians, especially in the capital city of Baghdad.

“The random murdering taking place over the years is increasing because we don’t have government. The militias are in charge of the country,” Nagham, a Baghdad Christian, told ICC.

“Academics started [this week] … I am concerned about [my] 8-year-old son until he comes back from school. His father has to take him to school because we don’t trust the school bus. If something bad happened, no one can help,” she added. Her family wants to escape Baghdad because of the security situation, but cannot afford losing her husband’s income.

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