For its Christians, Iraq is over

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As Iraq risks becoming a failed state, the toll is also making itself felt in the persecution of minority groups, most notably Iraq’s Christians, thousands of whom have been forced to flee the fighting.

Peshmerga Checkpoint

“We had not anticipated what would happen to us when we arrived at the exit point of the city. There were a few people standing in the middle of the street and they instructed us to stop in front of them,” Naghm, a middle-aged woman, told DW as she recounted the day her family was forced to flee Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.

“One man from the Islamic State said, ‘you don’t want to live with us, we’re Muslims.’ I replied telling him that we were from Mosul. He wanted us to pay Jizya (a religious tax) and to change our

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