Iraqi Christians are indigenous people of Iraq, they have been living on this land for over two thousand years. Christianity spread to Iraq through St. Thomas and his disciples in the 1st century, he established the first church on the land of two rivers and considered to be the first preacher in the East.
Iraqi Christians are part of different denominations, the majority are Chaldeans and Assyrians, there are also Syriac people. In addition to them, there are Armenians, and people of Evangelical church. all sects of Christianity share the same belief in Jesus Christ as God and Savior, and he is the center of their worship, most importantly, they take pride in living on this blessed land of Iraq.
The falling of Saddam’s regime on 9th of April 2003, had followed by optimistic expectations for better future by both Iraqi Christians and Muslims alike. They wished an end to the marginalization and exclusion policy which many Iraqis had suffered from at the time of Saddam, but this dream of change didn’t survive, because the democratic transformation which appeared to be a life course changing couldn’t unify Iraqi components. On the contrary, it was additional part added to the Iraqi problem. As result for that, sectarian lineups have emerged , as well as quotas based on religion and ethnicity.
The terrorist groups have forced thousands of peaceful people to take refuge in neighbor countries or overseas countries which were more merciful to them from their own land! they left all their history and memories to become refugees in other countries. The insurgents have killed their leaders, clergymen, destroyed their churches, and have terrorized them.
The contemporary situation of Iraq, under ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), has taken different level especially when Christian villages were invaded by ISIS and resulted in forcing thousands of families to escape their brutality. The international community is silent towards these heinous crimes against Christians, and new plans are set to save them from this ordeal.