By: Emily Conley
“My people, they have great faith,” says Father Raf of his fellow Christian refugees.
When ISIS invaded Christian cities in northern Iraq in 2014, their objective wasn’t limited to exterminating Christians. They sought to destroy all historical evidence of what is considered one of the oldest Christian communities in the world.
But they didn’t stop with beheading statues and chiseling the names of God, saints, and biblical figures from the fourth-century walls of a monastery. They filled the rooms with over eight feet of dirt, and set the cathedrals on fire. The Christian population shrunk from 1.4 million to 250,000 — almost overnight.
But the faith of Iraqi Christians is not easily extinguished, as ADF International attorneys discovered during their fact-finding visit to Erbil, Qaraqosh, and surrounding Iraqi villages in 2016.
See what they found in this issue’s cover story: “Beauty from Ashes.”
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- Plus, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the importance of defending religious freedom, and Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway on the media and feminism
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