The Last Christians of Iraq
A woman walks past the 1300 year old Saint George Chaldean church in Ainkawa, a largely Christian town on the outskirts of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. Iraq's Christian community is made up of numerous different churches, including the Assyrian Church of the East, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Syrian Catholic Church, the Armenian Apostolic Church, however the majority of Iraq's Christians belong to the Chaldean Catholic church. Iraq's Christian community is considered one of the longest continues Christian communities in the world. In 2003 there were an estimated 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Today, Iraqi Christians are thought to number approximately 400,000. Violence, persecution and sectarian strife have forced more than two thirds of the Christian population to flee the country. Ainkawa, Iraq. 17/04/2014.