Mosul: Christian Centre in Iraq

Canon Andrew White, Vicar of St George’s Church Baghdad, this week sent the following chilling report.

“Iraq is now in its worst crisis since the 2003 war. ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Group), a group that does not even see Al Qaida as extreme enough, has moved into Mosul, which is Nineveh.

ISIS has totally taken control. It has destroyed all government departments, allowed all prisoners out of the prisons and killed countless numbers of people. There are bodies over the streets. The army and police have fled, so many tankers, armed vehicles and even helicopters have been captured and are now in the hands of ISIS.

The area is the heartland of the Christian community. Most of our people come from Nineveh and still see that as their home. It is there that they return to regularly. Many Christians fled back to Nineveh from Baghdad, as things got so bad there. Now the Christian centre of Iraq has been totally ransacked. The tanks are moving into the Christian villages destroying them and causing total carnage. The ISIS militants are now moving towards Kirkuk, major areas to the oil fields that provide the lifeblood of Iraq. We are faced with total war that all the Iraqi military have now retreated from.

People have fled in their hundreds of thousands to Kurdistan still in Iraq for safety. The Kurds have even closed the border, preventing entry of the masses. The crisis is so huge it is almost impossible to consider what is really happening.”

Pray, please. This is not a last resort, as Christians are always people of hope. Pray in lament at this unfolding tragedy. Pray for strength for the people. Pray for the reign of the Prince of Peace.