Posts Categorized: Iraq

The Tablet: “Tangle of alliances is throttling Middle East’s Christians”

Dr. John Eibner, the CEO of Christian Solidarity International (CSI-USA) has a new op-ed piece in The Tablet:  “Four years ago this month, President Barack Obama made a fateful decision. He announced that ‘the time has come for President Assad to step aside … for the sake of the Syrian people.’ This signal for regime change… Read more »

Interview with Christian Parents of Toddler Abducted by IS

  Since overrunning large parts of Iraq and Syria last summer, the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) has taken hundreds of Christians hostage. The youngest known Christian hostage is Christina Khoder Abada, who was three years old when she was abducted. CSI has been bringing relief aid to persecuted Iraqi Christians since 2007, and has… Read more »

Former President of Lebanon: “Start Thinking the Unthinkable”

Middle East Christians face “the Specter of Genocide” on eve of UN Security Council deliberations BOSTON, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — “I have never in my life witnessed Middle East Christians in such extreme danger,” Amine Gemayel warned on Wednesday. Speaking at a public lecture at Boston College, the former president of Lebanoncalled 2014 “a year… Read more »

New Report: Islamic State Guilty of “Genocide”

“Information exists which would support a prima facie case that ISIS forces have committed the crime of genocide against religious and ethnic minorities in northern Iraq.” – Between the Millstones: Iraq’s Minorities Since the Fall of Mosul, Minority Rights Group International, Institute of International Law and Human Rights, No Peace Without Justice and the Unrepresented… Read more »

ForeignPolicy.com: “The Real War on Christianity”

ForeignPolicy.com’s new story on the Islamic State’s genocide of Christians in Iraq and Syria notes that CSI was among the first NGOs to warn of the threat: Christian Solidarity International, a nonprofit that provides support for victims of religious persecution, issued a “genocide warning” for religious minorities in the Middle East as early as 2011,… Read more »

CSI Aid To Refugees From ISIS Continues

Thanks to CSI’s donors, our friends in Iraq have been delivering aid to people driven from their homes by the Islamic State since the very start of the crisis – all the more important now as homeless Christians, Yazidis and Muslims in Iraq and Syria face heavy winter rains and snowfall. One of our friends… Read more »

Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State (IS) Thrives on War, Wahhabism and Western Policy

Religious Minorities exposed to “reign of terror”, veteran Middle East correspondent reports at CSI event ZURICH, October 10, 2014 – The Islamic State (IS) has thrived as a consequence of war conditions in Iraq and Syria, the militancy of Wahhabi ideology, and miscalculations of American policy, Middle East specialist Patrick Cockburn proposed at a public… Read more »

The Tablet: “Christians and Yazidis in Iraq: Unwanted Guests in their Own Country”

Dr. John Eibner, CEO, Christian Solidarity International (CSI-USA) September 12, 2014 One month ago we witnessed heart-wrenching media images from Iraq of the displacement of 200,000 Iraqi Christians and 50,000 of their Yazidis neighbours by jihadi warriors of the Wahhabi-inspired Islamic State (IS). This human tragedy has dropped out of the headlines. But, as the… Read more »

After the Fall: CSI Mission to Iraq

Thank you to everyone who has donated to CSI’s emergency Iraq operations! Dr. John Eibner was in Iraq last week with the CSI team, delivering food aid to more than 1,000 displaced Christian and Yazidi families who fled the Islamic State’s takeover of Nineveh, Sinjar and the Nineveh Plain. One of these people, a young… Read more »

The Tablet: “The West’s Role in the Creation of Iraq’s Genocidal Jihadists.”

Dr. John Eibner, CEO, Christian Solidarity International (CSI-USA) August 8, 2014 Yet another pitiful sight from the Middle East: tens of thousands of desperate Iraqi Yazidis and 200,000 Christians fleeing their homes near Mosul and seeking refuge in the mountains of nearby Kurdistan. President Barack Obama has acknowledged that the world is witnessing “a potential… Read more »