Wednesday, 19 November 2008


MOSUL, IRAQ -- Two Christian sisters were killed this morning in the Al Qahira section in Mosul, Iraq, by Islamic terrorists for just being Christians.
The two sisters were murdered as the terrorists stormed into their house. Their mother was severely injured as a result of stab wounds. In addition, the terrorists placed a bomb in the house, which destroyed the small building. A police officer said the terrorists placed another bomb near the house. It exploded when the police arrived and injured three officers.
The incident came as more than 200 displaced Christian families from Mosul started to return to their houses in Mosul following the deploying of more Iraqi troops in the city. More than half of the families did return in the last two weeks. It is believed this latest violent incident will slow or stop the returning of these families. Approximately 2,000 families have fled the city over the past month due to Muslim extremist violence, which has also resulted in an estimated 25 to 40 Christian deaths.
Open Doors continues to support the families that have left Mosul and live somewhere in the Nineveh plain. Open Doors immediately responded by offering relief for approximately 200 families. Initially, relief consists of food packages, blankets and cookers, but soon, with the winter upcoming, also heaters and other help will be needed.
Please pray for the injured mother of the two murdered sisters, for healing of the emotional and physical damage and for the returning families. Pray that Iraqi Christians will have a place to feel free, safe and protected.
An estimated 100 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors supports and strengthens believers in the world's most difficult areas through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development, prayer and presence ministry and advocacy on behalf of suffering believers

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