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ISIS Persecution of Christians 'Worst Since Holocaust,' Warns 'Vicar of Baghdad' Canon Andrew White

( [email protected] ) Sep 03, 2014 01:57 PM EDT
Canon Andrew White, vicar of St. George's Anglican church in Baghdad, recently warned that the horrific crimes committed by ISIS against religious minorities is "like nothing that has been seen since the days of the Holocaust."
Canon Andrew White, also known as the ''Vicar of Baghdad,'' is the Chaplain of St George’s Anglican Church in Baghdad, Iraq.

As reports continue to surface that the Islamic State is committing unspeakable war crimes in the Middle East, a humanitarian group working in Iraq confirm that the persecution of religious minorities is " like nothing that has been seen since the days of the Holocaust."

Amnesty International recently released a 26 page report revealing that ISIS is committing ethnic cleansing against religious minorities in northern Iraq, expelling around 830,000 Christians, Shiite Muslims, Yazidis and Mandeans from their homes.

"The massacres and abductions being carried out by the Islamic State provide harrowing new evidence that a wave of ethnic cleansing against minorities is sweeping across northern Iraq," Amnesty investigator Donatella Rovera.

It also accuses the terrorists of abducting "hundreds if not thousands" of Yazidi women and children and rounding up men and boys and killing them.

Canon Andrew White, vicar of St. George's Anglican church in Baghdad, and his organization, the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, are currently working to help displaced Iraqis survive in the midst of the ISIS' vicious assault on the region.

Because of ISIS violence, White revealed that the conditions on the ground in Iraq are "absolutely horrendous" for displaced religious minorities.

"They are sheltering in the north and the mountains. They have nothing," White said. "They have lost their homes, they have lost their future. We are providing them with as much food as we can, as much help as we can."

White, who famously refused to leave Baghdad despite repeated threats from ISIS, stated that the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation, which has a total 0f 150 staff members including doctors, dentist and relief workers, are on the frontlines in northern Iraq working to ensure people have what they need to survive.

However, he added that the Islamic State has done far worse to religious minorities than simply displacing them, as many men, women and children have been brutally murdered by the terrorist group. He warns that there is no reasoning with the ISIS as its members are "evil."

"You cannot deal with these people. They're so evil. You cannot talk to them. You cannot win them over," he said. "That is a terrible thing. How do we cope in this horrendous situation? How do we move forward?"

White urged Christians around the world to take action to end "the biggest threat and persecution of Christians ever" by praying, donating and coming together. "I would say that at this time - this terribly discord time - we need Christians to stand together around the world. I would not just say Christians, but all people of faith," White said. "What we're seeing now is like nothing that has been seen since the days of the Holocaust."