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June 4, 2009

Over 2 million Iraqis of various religions have left Iraq since the 2003 invasion. The Christian community has  been decimated. In 1987, the last year of an official Iraqi census, there were 1.4 million Christians in the country. Estimates of the current figures go as low as 400,000. Most of those who have fled have no intention of going back. “Iraq as we once knew it is over.” says one Iraqi Christian in Damascus, who is waiting to resettle in Sweden. “For us there is no future there.” Ironically, under Saddam Hussein Christians experienced freedom to practice their faith, and historically made up a significant portion of the middle class (AP).

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