The Last Christians of Iraq
Allen and Yousif Aessa, 24 and 21, are Christians from Baghdad. In 1997 their father died of a stroke. The boys and their sister were sent to Al-Qosh and they were educated at the monastery there. When they turned 18 they moved back to Baghdad to find work. Allen found a job with a company in the Green Zone. After 1 1/2 years Allen quit his job because himself and everyone he was working with received threats and several were killed, including his cousin. Yousif worked in a printing shop, but the two brothers rarely left their house. In 2009 militias began checking ID cards, if the person was ot the same religious sect as the militia, they would be killed. The two brothers and their family sold what they could and moved to Ainkawa, a largely Christian town in northern Iraq. Ainkawa, Iraq. 24/04/2014.