Christians are being driven out of Syria and Iraq where they have influenced society for thousands of years (photo: dpa)

Global impact of Christians fleeing persecution in Iraq and Syria

Christians in Syria and Iraq have played a pivotal role in the development of the countries and their societies over 2,000 years. But they are being driven out by the forces of religious extremism and sectarianism. Their departure is weakening their role as the forces of moderation and dialogue in the Middle East and will add considerably to the woes of Middle Eastern countrieswrites a GIS guest expert.

CHRISTIAN refugees fleeing the violence from ISIS forces in Iraq are flooding into territories controlled by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).

Their towns and villages, around Iraq’s second city, Mosul, are being shelled by the ISIS forces (Islamic State in Iraq and ...

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Both Christian communities expect to see a further accelerated exodus as the sectarian civil wars intensify. Extremists from all the militias consider Christians to be infidels to justify killing them and destroying their ancient churches and monasteries
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