As the extremist Islamist forces of ISIS advance through Iraq, they have targeted ancient Christian communities.
Houses of Christians were marked with the letter `N’ in Arabic, - for “Nasarah” signifying they are homes for Christians.
These homes are appropriated once people flee. They are given the choice to convert to Islam, or pay an impossible tax, or 'face the sword’. The monks have been expelled from the historic Mar Behnam monastery.read more