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While we wouldn't dare say 'boo' to a Muslim here, Christians are persecuted in a Muslim country
By Cristina Odone
A bus carrying 80 Christian students to their university in northern Iraq was bombed on 2 May. According to the Washington Post, the most startling thing about the report was that young Christians could attend university at all. Since 2003, Iraq’s Christian community has been subjected to assassinations, kidnappings, extortions and rapes. Over half of the estimated 1.5 million Christians in Iraq (less than 4 per cent of the population) have fled to Syria, Jordan and elsewhere. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom has branded Iraq’s religious persecution “of particular concern”, and called on the Obama administration to intervene before the ancient religious commuities (some still praying in Aramaic) are exterminated.