Roughly 75 percent of the Iraqi Christian population has fled to other nations since 2003.
The rapid decline of Christians living in the Middle Eastern country is directly tied to the rise in religious persecution, Faithwire reported in April.
Josef Sleve, a Christian member of the Iraqi Parliament, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday,”the number of Christians living in the country now stands…between 500,000 and 850,000.”
“This means that over the past 14 years, some 1.5 million Christians have emigrated to other countries.”
The pace of Christian emigration has increased since ISIS overtook most of the north and west side of Iraq, he explained.
Last month, Faithwire reported on a new Fox news report released of Christian persecution in Iraq. According to Fox, religious advocacy groups are warning that Christians in the Middle East will be a thing of the past if the international community does not step up efforts to protect them.
Elijah Brown, executive vice president for the religious advocacy organization 21st Century Wiberforce, told Fox News that, “Unless the global community gets involved, we will witness the loss of Christian witnesses in a land that is biblically significant.”
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