Tens of thousands of Christians are fleeing for their lives after their homes were invaded, but the invasion has been largely unreported by mass media.
A small territory of Nagorno-Karabakh, a Christian enclave just north of Iran, was invaded by the Muslim nation of Azerbaijan last month, but very few news agencies have reported on it. The invasion is being described as a dispute between Azerbaijan and Armenia, but the situation is more complicated than that.
Nagorno-Karabakh has a population of about 120,000 people and they have their own government. The people of Nagorno-Karabakh have been living in the region since the days before Christ, but last month, the Muslim nation of Azerbaijan launched a lightning fast, unprovoked offensive attack on the Christian region, prompting a mass exodus of more than 50,000 believers.
The unprovoked invasion represents, regardless of whether it is religious or not, a disturbing trend around the world of silence when Christians are attacked.
In the last decade we have seen entire ancient Christian civilizations and communities disappear. In Syria, the Assyrian Christians who still speak the language of Jesus, have survived two thousand years of invasions, but had to flee in the last ten years and their heritage was destroyed. In Iraq, the Chaldean Christians have been largely displaced in last ten years. In Armenia, the recent war with Azerbaijan has resulted in a loss of land and Christians had to flee their homes and now the ancient Christian region of Nagorno-Karabakh lost half of its Christian population overnight with little hope for the Christians remaining in the area.
Not only are Christians on the run, but churches are being demolished to remove all memory of Christianity in the area.
“Shepherd’s Chapel,” wrote Alex Shams, writer with the University of Chicago, on his Twitter account, “on the Iran side of the Iran-Azerbaijan border used to have a twin across the river, but as part of Republic of Azerbaijan’s to eliminate any reminder of Armenian history on their soil, its twin was demolished.”
In any other situation, 50,000 people fleeing for their lives as the result of a deadly unprovoked attacked, having their homes confiscated, and their heritage and religious buildings destroyed would be classified as ethnic cleansing, but in this situation the world is silent.
Author and historian, Sergey Radchenko, compared the situation to the Kosovo War in 1999 when the situation was reversed and Christians were attacking Muslims saying, “Still trying to wrap my head around the whole business of Nagorno-Karabakh. In 1999, NATO bombed the hell out of Yugoslavia for lesser sins. This time, no one seems to care. Even newspaper headlines have barely registered that anything is amiss.”
This region of the world is the birthplace of the word genocide, a word that was specifically invented because of the mass slaughter of Christians by Muslims.