29 March 2018
During Prime Ministers Questions today in Parliament, Strangford DUP MP Jim Shannon highlighted the persecution of Christians and members of the Yezidi community in Iraq.
He noted that Christians in the Ninevah Plains of northern Iraq had been able to celebrate Palm Sunday at home for the first time in several years.
Commenting afterwards he said, “Christians in Iraq have been amongst the most persecuted religious groups across the world. As Christians around the globe look towards Easter I’m glad that the Prime Minister gave her support to the persecution they face in many countries.
Last weekend, thousands of Christians took to the streets and could hold their Palm Sunday service for the first time since many were forced to flee the city. The Prime Minister rightly highlighted the importance of Easter to Christians and recount that she had been presented with a Bible rescued from Ninevah when a church had been set on fire.
I am glad that the Prime Minister also offered her support for persecuted Christians and other minorities including the Yezidi community. Earlier this week I attended an exhibition entitled Yezidi Women: ISIS Survivors. It was a very emotional event with every picture telling a story of persecution, violence and loss. It is the story of how an ethnic minority was pursued almost to the point of destruction by ISIS.
As we approach Easter it is right that the ongoing persecution faced by so many across the globe is highlighted.”