A coalition of faith and cultural groups are planning a Saturday protest in Washington, D.C., to urge the president to take action on behalf of Iraqi Christians.
On December 4, groups such as the Iraqi Christian Relief Council and the American Mesopotamian Organization will gather across the street from the White House to rally for Assyrian Christians in Iraq, suffering persecution because of their faith, and other indigenous minorities.
On its website, host group Justice in Iraq states, “We must challenge the Obama Administration to support and protect ALL indigenous people – Assyrian Christians, Mandaeans and Yazidis – in Iraq.”
Christians have been under attack in Iraq since Muslims accused church members of hiding Muslim women in October.
On Oct. 31, suicide attackers stormed Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad, wounding 75 and killing 58 people, including three priests. The attack was the deadliest against the Assyrian Christian community since Islamic extremists began targeting them in 2003.
In the following weeks, extremists killed more people in Baghdad’s Christian neighborhoods as well as in the northern city of Mosul, including two Christian men and a six-year-old girl and her Christian father in Mosul.
“We had enough,” said Waleeta Canon, director of the Assyria Foundation, at a November protest….