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Help us save lives in the Middle East

Sign our petition to save the lives of Syrian and Iraqi Christians facing “an existential threat”. The first signatories include Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury, Canon Andrew White, the former “Vicar of Baghdad”, and Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of the Barnabas Fund. The petition is commended by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

He expressed his concern and offered his “full support for [Syrian and Iraqi Christians] being given protection in the UK and in other western countries.

Why these Church leaders are signing the petition

Lord Carey

“Syrian and Iraqi Christians are being butchered, tortured and enslaved. We need the British Government to work with charities like the Barnabas Fund to evacuate those who are in desperate fear of their lives.”

Lord Carey

Canon Andrew White

“I really think it is horrendous that the British have not offered refuge to these Christian refugees.”

Canon Andrew White

Patrick Sookhdeo

“So many British Christians have been in contact with us to tell us that they have a spare room or even a second home in which they want to welcome Syrian and Iraqi Christians. Yet our government seems determined to turn its back on some of the most vulnerable people in the world.”

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo

Will you sign the Petition today?

Syrian and Iraqi Christians are now urgently fleeing the killing fields of Islamic State territory. We call upon our political leaders to welcome them and aid their escape from terror, torture and killing.

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Christian communities have lived in the Middle East for 2000 years. They now face an existential threat to their survival at least as great as they faced a century ago when millions were systematically wiped out in the Armenian and Assyrian genocides. They are being killed, enslaved and persecuted by so-called Islamic State and are forced to flee from their homes. Their homes are being destroyed and they have no safe areas in the region.

The oppression and persecution of Christians, simply for their faith, is leading many Christians to conclude that they have no choice but to leave. In 2003, there were 1.56 million Christians in Iraq and now there are only 300,000. At the beginning of the current conflict the number of Syrian Christians was around two million. By last August approximately half a million had fled their homes.

Please sign the petition below:

We call upon our governments:

  1. To work with governments in the Middle East to provide and support secure areas for displaced Christian communities that have fled from violence and persecution
  2. To welcome Christian refugees and give them priority as asylum seekers. We urge our politicians and leaders to recognise that Christians are especially targeted and uniquely in need of safe refuge.

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