Christians under siege in Middle East

Christians under siege: NORTHEN IRAQ - LEBANON

Christians have been subject to vicious murders at the hands of terrorist groups, forced out of their ancestral lands by civil wars, suffered societal intolerance fomented by Islamist groups, and subjected to institutional discrimination found in the legal codes and official practices of many Middle Eastern countries

The largest exodus of Christians is in Iraq, where the group has been trapped in escalating sectarian clashes between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, targeted by an Al Qaeda franchise, and forced to flee by the Islamic State.

The wave of persecution is so severe that some fear it may bring about the end of Christianity in the region where it was born two millenniums ago. Across the Middle East, it is the same story of despairing and frightened Christian minorities, and of an exodus that reaches almost Biblical proportions. 

Iraqis have been present in Lebanon for decades, with many young Iraqi workers choosing to emigrate there to the Paris of the Middle East to further their careers. However, the first real influx of a large number of Iraqis to Lebanon started in earnest in the 1990s, with Iraqis fleeing Saddam Hussein's. After the 2003 invasion of Iraq,  the first wave of Iraqi refugees fleeing the war began in Lebanon. Thousands of Iraqi refugees in Lebanon face a daily struggle to survive because of a lack of jobs and the rising cost of food and accommodation