Following a fact-finding trip to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, a group of American religious leaders reports that the faith community in Kurdistan "is a success story that is still being told." This could offer hope for Iraqi Christians seeking a home in a war-ravaged, dangerous religious climate.
This analysis was bolstered by news that Kirkuk city authorities will soon open the "first Christian cultural centre in Iraq in decades, despite dramatic decline in [its] once significant Christian population."
But not everyone is so optimistic. According to Star Tribune journalist Matteo Fagotto, who recently visited Kurdistan, "many [Christians] are now abandoning the region" due to economic uncertainty.
"What was once a safe haven for Christians is rapidly turning into the departure point for tens of thousands who feel they don't have a future in their own country," ...1