There is an article in Newsweek today that I found very interesting. So I thought I'd share it with you. Here's the link the the full article, and as you read it, see if you can find out if they answered their own question. Their question is this - What's Behind the Attacks on Christians in Mosul?
Great question Newsweek, but I have a better question for you. Why should Christians go back to Iraq and specifically Mosul, if they are still in danger of being persecuted? The article reveals this...
“They were mostly killed after someone asked them for their identification and then learned they were Christian,” Emanuel Khoshaba Youkhana, deputy secretary-general of the Assyrian Patriotic Party, tells NEWSWEEK.
This is significant because we know that within an Islamic country if their law is enforced, we know if someone who is Muslim converts to Christianity (as is often the case) and it is found out, there is death looming over that person and sometimes even their family.
The above quote from Newsweek, suggests to me that those who were killed may have been converts, because it was "learned that they were Christian", which means they may had been thought to be Muslim.
The article goes on to discuss what the "real numbers" of the Christians killed were...
Whatever the real number of Christians who have died in recent attacks, there’s no question that thousands of them have fled Mosul. United Nations estimates indicate at least 12,000 have been displaced. The Assyrian Patriotic Party says 2,351 families have left Mosul for Iraqi cities like Kirkuk, Erbil and Dohuk as well as Lebanon and Syria, where several hundred are living in refugee camps. The displacement follows a ratcheting up of threats against Christians, whose presence in Iraq dates to the 1st century A.D.
So if the number of Christians who were killed was 20, 8, 10 or 15 is irrelevant, the point is that there is enough terror in Mosul at this point and Christians are fleeing for their lives. And like we've written about here before, would you come back simply because they are offering you money?
I don't think so.
The bottom line, at least to this reader, is this. There is enough persecution in Mosul for Christians to flee, and the government is aware of who the perpetrators are, at the very least knowing they kill Christians. So providing families money with the promise of security may be nice, but it isn't guarantee of real protection. And as the article closes,"..with suspicion so deep, it will take more than money and promises to woo back the city’s Christian minority."
And I can't say I blame them. Keep on praying for our brothers and sisters who are displaced.