Flag of Iraq Rank: 4
Score: 78/100
2013 Rank: 04
Leader: Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki
Government: Parliamentary democracy
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 35.9 million (330,000 Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

Christian Persecution in Iraq

There was an increase in attacks and threats against Christians in 2013. Islamist terrorist groups, influenced by the conflict in Syria, are increasing in number. One of their aims is to empty the country of Christians, and this situation is aggravated by the government’s total authority. According to a local source, every two or three days a Christian is killed, kidnapped or abused. As a minority, Christians are an easy target for kidnappers. Even in the relatively unrestricted, semi-autonomous Kurdish region, the security situation for Christians is deteriorating.


  • For Muslim-background believers who often face opposition from their family and community.
  • For wisdom for ex-pat Christians, who are being increasingly monitored by the authorities.
  • For Open Doors workers supporting displaced Christians with trauma counseling, training and income generating projects.

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  • Natasha Murphy

    Heavenly Father, I lift up the people of Iraq today. I pray that you would be with the Christians of that country. I ask that you would give them courage and boldness to share Your truth, but also a strong sensitivity to the Spirit so they know when to speak up and when to stay silent. I pray that you would give the believers favor in the eyes of their family, friends, and the leaders of their country. Lord, please open the eyes of the blind in Iraq. Please speak to them in dreams and visions and please send workers to serve and share Your story there. And save the people of Iraq, Lord, through the power of Your good Gospel. May Your will be done there.

  • Wendy

    “…the rising Sun will come to us from heaven” Bring hope, O LORD, to these precious people. Comfort the children who have lost so much. Arise and shine, for your Light has come!

  • Carol dugger

    Oh God our Father strengthen our brothers and sisters in Iraq. Send your Spirit to comfort and encourage them. Bless them as only You can. Thank you for these precious saints and their faith and love of You. Amen

  • Elise Martel

    The death of Salem will not be in vain. He is another grain of wheat that fell to the earth. His death will bear much fruit.

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You this morning on behalf of the nation of Iraq. I am so thankful that I don’t have to “convince” You or try to plead with You to intervene in this nation… because You love the Iraqi people so much and You have already given Your life for them. I know that these prayers are pleasing to You and according to Your will because You came to seek and save that which was lost, and You are close to the brokenhearted, the orphan and the widow. Iraq is in serious need of an intervention from You, and this is what I come to You about this morning.
    First, I pray for every MBB who is facing extreme opposition right now – from their families, their jobs, their communities. Thank You for giving them the faith to choose You despite enormous opposition, and I pray for You to continue to strengthen their faith and don’t let their faith fail. I pray that You would deepen their trust in You and help them to truly be able to depend on and rely on You for everything that they need… food, shelter, financial provision, medical care. I also pray that You would provide some sort of encouragement or companionship for them – that they would find one another and be able to fellowship together, even in secret… or that they would have churches or places where they can go and assemble together and be strengthened in You. I pray that You would be mother, father, sister and brother to those whose families have disowned them or refuse to support them any longer. They need so much encouragement, Lord, and I just ask that You would please provide that for them in Jesus’ name.
    I pray also for the Christians who are not native-born Iraqis who are in this nation for whatever reason. You see that they are being monitored more closely, and I pray specifically for supernatural wisdom for each one of them in every decision that they make. For some it might be to leave, for others it might be to stay – but they need to hear from You on this. I also pray that You would show them when to speak and when to be silent, where to go and where not to go, when to meet and when to worship in the privacy of their own homes. Grant them this wisdom as they live for You in this hostile area, and continue to help them to be effective in planting seeds and evangelizing to the Iraqi people.
    And finally I pray for the Open Doors workers and volunteers of all faith-based groups in Iraq who are supporting displaced believers. I pray for wisdom for their counselors, for financial provision to be made for the organizations so that the people can receive help, and for equipping and training of both the OD workers and the Iraqis that the OD workers are sent to help. I pray that they would be used to lift up the arms of the Iraqi believers, to make new disciples in Jesus’ name, to equip native-born Iraqis to take spiritual leadership, to teach sound doctrine so that their faith would be strengthened, and to provide tangible relief and support to those who are suffering and lacking basic human needs.
    Thank You for the work that You are doing in Iraq and I pray that it would continue with Your blessing. Bless Iraq today and turn it for Your glory in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Woody

    Lord we pray that you will strengthen, encourage, and protect those who call on your name in Iraq. May they look to you for strength and may they be a witness for you amidst the trials they are in right now. Shine your light through them so that all may know that you are the Father in Heaven. May they stand strong and keep the faith in your Son Jesus, Savior of the World. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen

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