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A woman entering the Saint Yohana Church in the Christian town of Karaqosh located on the Nineveh Plain just 20 kilometers from Mosul, one of the most violent cities in Iraq and the scene of numerous attacks against the Christian population. 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. Karaqosh, Iraq. 18/04/2014.