Somber Christmas for Iraq's Christians under threat from Islamic State




 
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Somber Christmas for Iraq's Christians under threat from Islamic State
 
December 24th, 2015  
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Topic: Somber Christmas for Iraq's Christians under threat from Islamic State


Somber Christmas for Iraq's Christians under threat from Islamic State
By Saif Hameed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - With Christmas falling this year a day after Prophet Mohammad's birthday, the city of Baghdad is holding Christmas celebrations in a sign of brotherhood with Iraq's hard-pressed Christian community. Fireworks will illuminate the Tigris river every night of the week and a*25-metre (82 feet) Christmas tree has been set up in Zawraa public park. In Zayuna camp, in the east of the city, children listened to Christmas carols on Wednesday and danced with Santa Claus to Iraqi songs.**** * But, though grateful, many Christians say the gesture comes too late to improve their lot in Iraq, their homeland for nearly 2,000 years, but where Islamic State is making their future increasingly bleak. ****"I saw some nice gestures from many people on Facebook and this made me happy, to be honest, that people are celebrating Christmas together with us in defiance of Daesh," said Mariam,*a 29-year-old school teacher in Baghdad, referring to Islamic State.




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