Iraq one year on: Many lost everything, yet see God’s grace…

It has been one year since Islamist militant group Islamic State (IS) entered the world’s stage.

It was 365 days ago that Iraqi forces were run out of Mosul by IS, forcing 500,000 people to flee their homes, including almost all of the Christian community.

Many Christians (an estimated 120,000 of the 300,000 Christian population) fled to the relatively safer regions in Iraq, such as Erbil and Dohuk.

One year on, and Mosul is still under rule of IS. Nearly all of the Christian neighbourhoods remain deserted, and life has drastically changed for people remaining in Mosul.

To commemorate one year since the fall of Mosul, Christians in Erbil are gathering for a prayer meeting and time of fellowship. A Christian who fled from Mosul says, “Not to sit with each other in despair, but also to see the goodness of God and to count our blessings.”

Iraq Girls at St. Elia's Church. Erbil, Iraq

Iraqi Girls at St. Elia’s Church. Erbil, Iraq

The city of Mosul remains under IS control and has not yet been liberated. Through local partners and churches, Open Doors is able to provide aid to internally displaced Christians through a variety of projects – focusing on short and long term goals.


Please join us in prayer, both for the Christians suffering in Iraq and for the persecutors.

  • Pray for the church in Iraq, that God would strengthen and grow His church in the face of suffering. Pray that they would reach out to those who don’t know Christ with the gospel, showing them love and grace.
  • Pray for emotional, spiritual and physical healing – many believers have gone through much loss and pain.
  • Pray for the persecutors, the members of Islamic State, to repent and turn to Christ as Lord – just like the Apostle Paul.

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WATCH: Iraq – Family from Mosul

Sources: Open Doors, World Watch Monitor (WWM), BBC, UNHCR

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