[Mail Online by Canon Andrew White] I have just returned from a secret visit to Qaraqosh – once the largest Christian town in Iraq, but no longer.
Today, Qaraqosh stands 90 per cent empty, desecrated by the gunmen of the fanatical Islamic State terror group now in control. The majority of the town’s 50,000 people have fled, fearing that, like other Christians in this region, they will be massacred.
The militants, in a further act of sacrilege, have established their administrative posts in the abandoned churches.
My visit, under the noses of the gunmen, was frightening – but that is nothing to the terror of the poor souls left behind.
Since I went to St George’s Anglican church in Baghdad in 2003 – the only Anglican church in the city – I have seen countless terrible things. Many of my congregation have been killed or mutilated in the years of violence.
But I have never witnessed anything on the scale, or which has affected me quite so dreadfully as on this visit to the north of Iraq.
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