• In 2003, there were 1.5 – 1.8 million Chaldeans, Syriacs, and other Iraqi Christians in Iraq. Now, after a 15 year Iraqi Christian Genocide, there are less than 300,000 Christians left in Iraq.

The Iraqi Christian Human Rights Council (Iraqi Christian HRC) is a U.S. based nonprofit representing Iraqi Christians internationally and entirely founded by the Iraqi Christian community. Iraqi Christian HRC promotes and advances the human, legal, and political rights of Iraqi Christians and other Middle Eastern Christians through legal projects, humanitarian relief projects, and international advocacy. Most of our team members originate from Mesopotamia (Iraq) and we are the natives of that ancient land. Therefore, Iraqi Christian HRC has a strong pulse on the history and culture of the Christian community in Iraq, the current Genocide Iraqi Christians face, and how to return the displaced Iraqi Christians to their homes. Iraqi Christian HRC also works to find solutions for the Iraqi Christians trapped as refugees in countries surrounding Iraq, rebuild the Christian towns and churches in Iraq, and restore our culture throughout Mesopotamia (Iraq) from Zakho to Basra, Iraq.

The Iraqi Christian HRC works in conjunction with the Iraqi Christian leadership in the U.S. and Iraq, and with community members/leaders on the ground in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria to serve the persecuted Iraqi Christian community. Additionally, the Iraqi Christian HRC works with other Christian leaders, charitable agencies, government officials, and human rights organizations to advance this very important cause.

Father Yacoub stands in an ISIS-destroyed church in the Syriac Christian town of Bartella, Iraq.

In January 2018, the first mass was held in the Chaldean Christian town of TelKeppe, Iraq, since the town’s liberation from ISIS.

Iraqi Christians erect a large cross in the Syriac Christian town of Qaraqosh, Iraq.

Syriac Christians celebrate mass at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Qaraqosh, Iraq.

 

Historical Pictures of Iraqi Christian communities, the #Chaldeans and #Syriacs, from the early 20th century:

Early 1920s. King Faisal I of Iraq with all the Chaldean Bishops and His Beatitude Yousef VI Emmaneul II Thomas, the Chaldean Patriarch of Babylon

Early 20th Century. Syriac Christians at a Syriac Orthodox Monastery North of Mosul, Iraq

Bishop Francis Dawood (Chaldean Bishop of Amadiya from 1910-1939) with his brother Monk Qamishlo, standing in front of Saint Hormuzd Chaldean Monastery in Alqosh, Iraq (Both the Bishop and Monk were the uncles of our President’s grandmother). Monk Qamishlo belonged to this Monastery

Scout Band, School of Chaldeans, in Mosul, 1921