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Christians Said To Be Facing 'Imminent Extinction' in The Middle East

JNN News, December 13, 2018

Christians in the Middle East are facing 'imminent extinction', the Archbishop of Canterbury warned last week. Justin Welby said followers of the faith were subject to the “daily threat of murder” and the situation was the worst “since the Mongol invasions of the 13th century”. Figures suggest that just one in 400 Syrian refugees given asylum in the UK last year was a Christian. Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Welby said: “The plight of Christians in many parts of the Middle East has become more and more acute. As we approach Christmas, we need to pray for them and speak out for them.” In a recent article, Welby wrote that in the last few years, "Christians have been slaughtered by ISIS, and in many Middle Eastern countries they find themselves squeezed between the upper and lower millstones of pressure on them within society and of conflicts that afflict the region. Many have left. Hundreds of thousands have been forced from their homes. Many have been killed, enslaved and persecuted or forcibly converted. The Archbishop pointed out that the Christian population of Iraq was under half what it was in 2003, and many churches had been destroyed. “Across the region Christian communities that were the foundation of the universal Church now face the threat of imminent extinction.” he wrote. (UK Daily Mail)