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ROME REPORTS introduces “On the Border of Hell,” a look at Christian persecution in Iraq

2015-12-29

"We are from Mosul. We left at 6 in the morning because we were threatened. Because we are Christians, we were told that we could pay a tax, convert to Islam, or our heads would be cut off.”

This is one of the many powerful testimonies included in ROME REPORTS' new documentary, "On the Border of Hell. Christian Persecution in  Iraq.”

The film shows the challenges that displaced Christians in Iraq have faced since the rise of the Islamic State. They fled their homes with nothing but their faith and a desire to live. Many took refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan to avoid certain death.

"We have great faith in God and in Jesus Christ; God willing, we will return to our home. Our hope is to go back. God will always be with us, and so we feel strong.”

SISTER INSAF
"We must all pray for the situation to end, because refugees cry blood.”

The documentary was introduced at the Iraqi Embassy in Rome. The ambassador described the situation in his country a year after the ISIS invasion.

SAYWAN BARZANI
Ambassador of Iraq to Italy
"Now Iraqi armed forces, above all the Peshmerga in Kurdistan, are defending these refugees and have recaptured close to 30 percent of the territory occupied by ISIS criminals. It is a global war that we are in, involving the whole world. Because, when there are combatants from 102 nationalities, it is a global war.”

ROME REPORTS reported on the suffering of minorities in the region, both Christian and Yazidi. They've both been victims of terrorist violence.

ANTONIO OLIVIÉ
CEO, Rome Reports
"The objective of Rome Reports as an agency is to help restore peace, establish bonds of peace between the people, and to the extent that a human story, a story of suffering is shown, it helps everyone know the suffering of the people.”

"On the Border of Hell. Christian Persecution in  Iraq,” is one of the newest ROME REPORTS documentaries.

Rome Reports' documentary "The Secret of Therese,” which tells the story of St. Therese of Lisieux, was released earlier this year and was a finalist at the "Catholic Oscars.”

The Jubilee of Mercy is the star of the latest Rome Reports documentary, "Jubilee: 700 Years Searching for Forgiveness.” It gives a history of the past Holy Years.



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