Iraqi Christians Feel Threatened by Growing Religious Tensions

November 12, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

On November 12, 2004 The Washington Post reported, "Some Christians in Mosul feel say they are being subjected to threats that have escalated during Ramadan and that may be designed to drive them out of the country, create religious tensions, or at least make life difficult. Even those who haven't received threats swap stories of anonymous phone calls and pamphlets plastered on walls or slipped under doors warning those who don't dress like devout Muslim women during Ramadan. Coupled with a series of attacks on churches in Mosul and Baghdad - and a general fear of insecurity gripping Muslims and Christians alike - some Christians have chosen to leave Iraq at least temporarily. Those who stay try to maintain a low-profile or play it safe and just follow orders."