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Vatican sends emergency aid to persecuted Christians in Iraq

Published on Jul 26, 2014 12:24 AM

ROME (AFP) - The Vatican has given US$40,000 (S$50,000) in emergency aid to Christians in Iraq displaced by a jihadist onslaught, religious news agency imedia said on Friday.

Most of the money will go to help those from the northern city of Mosul, where Islamic State insurgents last week ordered the hundreds of Christian families to convert to Islam, pay tribute, or leave the city, prompting thousands to flee.

Christians and other minorities who failed to comply were threatened with execution, while the property of those who left the city was forfeited to the Islamic State.

The agency said it was "a first gift for persecuted Christians" in the country, suggesting more Vatican funds may be on their way.

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