Iraq

Creating a Christian underclass

In countries where the church is persecuted, Christians are often poor, lower-class people. There are several reasons for this. In Pakistan for example, the Christian minority largely comes from lower caste Hindus who converted to Christianity while the country was under British rule. In modern Pakistan, they remain largely working class, with some groups working as virtual slaves in fields

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ISIS’s legacy of death

What is left of the Caliphate? Not much by ways of organisation and a geographical power base. But they left a legacy behind that the country of Iraq is only beginning to come to terms with. More than 200 mass graves have been identified in provinces formerly held by ISIS, and nobody knows how many more there are. Some graves

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BTJ safehouse in the news

An interesting background story on the Wall Street Journal details the difficult choices many Yezidi women have to make. Freed from sex slavery to ISIS warriors, they are not welcomed back in their communities unless they leave behind the children which resulted from their abuse. It seems extremely unfair on these victims and their innocent children that they should be

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