Since the Iraq insurgents (ISIS) have taken over much of that country, Christians are being forced to flee for their lives.
"Mosul’s Christians, one of the oldest communities of its kind in the world, had seen their numbers dwindle from over 30,000 to just a few thousand, but once ISIS swept into the city in early June, there were reports that the remaining Christians had fled. Interviews on Friday with Christian elders and leaders suggest that in fact many had hung on, hoping for an accommodation, a way to continue the quiet practice of their faith in the city that had been their home for more than 1,700 years. Chaldeans, Assyrians and other sects, including Mandeans, a Gnostic community who revere John the Baptist, could still be found in Iraq, and many made their home on the plains of Nineveh in the north of the country, an area mentioned in the Bible’s Book of Genesis."
On many Christian homes a symbol has been painted by the ISIS which lets other insurgents know Christians lived there.
This symbol stands for "Nazarene" which is a Christian terminology. It looks so benign, almost a smiley face. Then you realize it is there for persecution and destruction. Horrible.