Cathy Otten is an author at Religion News Service.
An eerie calm: Iraqi Christians anxiously ponder their future
ALQOSH, Iraq (RNS) Around 70 percent of the town’s residents have since returned. Still, a sense of unease hangs in the air and there’s little work to be found.
With Mosul’s Christians gone, Islamic State troops take over 4th-century monastery
ERBIL, Iraq (RNS) Faced with an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or be killed, by Saturday (July 19), most of Mosul’s Christians had fled. The following day, militants descended on the fourth-century Mar Behnam Monastery on the outskirts of the city.