Iraq’s small Christian community have little to celebrate this year. While most probably do not want to return to life as it was under Saddam Hussein, back then at least they could worship with little fear of sectarian violence.
These days in Baghdad alone, Midnight mass was not a possibility due to a curfew and churches have to be under armed guard because they have come under attack frequently. Many Christians have stayed away from services this Christmas prefering to pray at home where they feel safer. In fact the attacks have not taken a break over the Christmas period. Last night eight people were killed in a suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital when the driver of a petrol tanker blew himself up close to the Libyan embassy.