Christianity has been firmly established in Iraq for nearly two thousand years, but from the fourth century to the present day Christians in Iraq have faced periods of terrible persecution. This book brings together their stories, from the witness of martyrs sixteen hundred years ago, across the centuries, to our own time. In the twenty-first century, Iraqi Christians have been confronted by relentless terrorist attack, by genocide and exile from their homeland. Alongside accounts of martyrdom and massacre under the Persian and Ottoman Empires and, in the twentieth century, the newly independent Kingdom of Iraq, Robert Ewan records the heart-rending stories of just some of the myriad of contemporary martyrs: Sister Cecilia Moshi Hanna, Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, Father Ragheed Aziz Ganni and of the massacre at Sayidat al-Najat Church in Baghdad.
About the Author
Robert Ewan is a freelance journalist and features writer, born in Baghdad, where he lived until 1977. Since 2009 he has been editor of the English newsletter Mesopotamia, a quarterly publication of the Catholic Chaldean Mission in the United Kingdom, and he edits and contributes to the Mission’s website. He has written numerous articles and features concerning the Christians of Iraq, published in the Independent, Christianity magazine and in the Catholic press including the Universe, the Tablet, the Catholic Herald, Catholic Life and several Christian websites.