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7 – Iraq


Region Middle East
Leader President Faud Masum
Population 38 654 000
Christian 0.6%
Main Religion Islam
Government Parliamentary Democracy
Rank 7
Score 86
Previous Rank 2
Previous Score 90

Christians have lived in Iraq for two millennia but are currently on the verge of extinction. Iraq has suffered from years of structural uncertainty, conflict and instability under a government incapable of enforcing the rule of law and providing a minimum of security. Iraq is divided in two parts, the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in the north and the large remaining Arab part. Sectarian divisions have further fragmented Iraqi society under the influence of Islamic militants, not least in the establishment of the Islamic State (IS) caliphate. On the other hand, there are also glimmers of hope as opportunities arise for churches to reach out to refugees.

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“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.”


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