Minorities in Iraq face genocide, enforced demographic change, report

81% of the Christian component in Iraq is missing
81% of the Christian component in Iraq is missing


Minorities in Iraq are extremely suffering under Iran's growing influence in their country.

A report by the Iraqi Human Rights Society (IHRSUSA) revealed Monday that minorities in Iraq like Christians, Yazidis, and Shabaks, regarded as 'infidels' by the now-vanquished extremists, are facing a slow genocide amid planned operation to enforce change in Iraqi demographics.


The report said about 81% of the Christian component in Iraq are missing. 

The report confirmed that 94% of the Sabean Mandaeans component and 18% of Yazidi component are also missing.

IHRS called on Prime Minister Haider Abadi to protect all factions of the Iraqi population, Warning that statistics are a dangerous indicator of changing the identity of Iraq.


IHRS accused what it called the 'forces of evil and crime' of being behind the kidnappings and killings.

It also blamed the poor security measures, which gave these terrorist groups the opportunity to spread fear again.


According to a recent study by Minority Rights Group International, only 500,000 Christians currently remain in Iraq, compared to between 800,000 and 1.4 million in 2003.



The Christians of Iraq, along with other religious minorities, live in constant fear and face potential genocide, claims Gwendolen Cates, a Christian, and documentarian who spent much of the last three years on the ground in Iraq.


Iraqi Christians want to stay in the country that is their ancestral home, Cates said.


"The minorities are being increasingly "ghettoized," with their land being taken" she added.


Iraq erupted into sectarian violence after the U.S. invasion in 2003.


Non-Muslim minority communities have been systemically targeted by foreign fundamentalists who poured into the country.


On Nov. 3, 2010, terrorists linked to al-Qaida publicly announced that all "infidels" in Iraq should be prepared to die.


Only 5 percent of members of the ancient culture of Sabean Mandaeans remain in the country.


Another group that might disappear from Iraq is the Yazidis.


The remaining population is not only being persecuted, they are also reportedly undergoing coerced assimilation by the Kurds.


"Iraqi Christians, Yazidis, and Shabaks have suffered extensively since 2003," Joe Stork, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch said.


According to a recent report, many Christians and Sabean Mandaeans escape to neighboring Syria.

Last Modified: 03 12 2018 03:18 PM

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