ERBIL — Brussels-based Patriarch Benyamin I Aboud of the Unity Church said that the grievances facing the Iraqi Christians have not ended despite the elimination of Daesh from Iraq.
He criticized the laws issued by the Iraqi parliament. He noted that they “are no different from Daesh resolutions, such as allowing the marriage of minors,” warning of future implications.
There will be no true victory if the persecutions of Christians all over Iraq is not addressed, said the Christian figure in an interview with Italian news agency Aki.
The number of Christians in Iraq and Syria is at an all-time low, according to reports. The Iraqi Christian population had dwindled from over 300,000 in 2014 to 200,000, with an additional number of Christians displaced internally.
From 1.8 million Christians in 2003, only 500,000 are now remaining in Iraq, according to the representative of Christians at the Kurdistan Region’s Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs.