Persecution of Christians in the Middle East

Islamic extremist groups have intensified their persecution of Christians in the Middle East, with the stated goal of eradicating Christians entirely from the region: dozens of churches in Egypt have been burned and Christians brutally attacked. The tactics are working; for example, in 1950 the town of Bethlehem was 86% Christian, but it’s now estimated to be only 12% Christian.

On April 18, Juliana Taimoorazy, founder and president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council (ICRC), will share her own refugee story and discuss what can be done to help. The talk will be at 7 pm in the Borg Warner room in Tompkins County Public Library, 101 E. Green Street. The event is free and all are welcome.

In 1989, Taimoorazy was smuggled into Switzerland to escape religious persecution in her native Iran. After seeking religious asylum in Germany, she came to the U.S. as a refugee, and subsequently obtained a Master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University. A Fellow of the Philos Project, she founded ICRC in 2007. ICRC distributes emergency humanitarian relief, including food, shelter and medicine, and advocate on behalf of Christians in Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. Their goal is to “shatter the world’s silence on the persecution of Christians who face the destruction of their churches, torture, abductions, sexual slavery and assassinations.”