The vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, writes in a post on his blog dated today:
"You know I love to show photos but the photo I was sent today was the most awful I have ever seen. A family of 8 all shot through the face lying in a pool of blood with their Bible open on the couch. They would not convert it cost them there life. I thought of asking if anybody wanted to see the picture but it is just too awful to show to anybody. This is Iraq today. The only hope and consolation is that all these dear people are now all with Yesua in Glory."
After a few prayer requests.he adds:
"Very Bad News. Baghdad Airport Closed. (2nd August)
"We have just had terrible news that Baghdad International Airport has been shut down because of security risks. Without it we cannot go North to do the relief work or even leave the country. Please pray that we can get out.
"Baghdad Airport open but no RJ flights (3rd August)
"Baghdad International Airport is open the main airline Jordanian Airways is not flying in or out of Iraq. So we are stuck here. We got one flight to Erbil on Iraqi Air that was all they had so she will go to to take the relief money North."
Yesterday a number of English bishops were pressing the British Government to offer asylum to Christians persecuted in Iraq.
Said the Right Rev Nick Baines, Bishop of Leeds:
"We have a tradition of offering sanctuary to people who are oppressed, and it's part of the Christian heritage of this country and the law we have established that puts an obligation on us. We also have an obligation to at least raise with the Government the possibility that we should be offering sanctuary to Christians in Iraq who have been effectively expelled under the threat of death.
"The Government cannot remain silent and you cannot just issue words - you've got to put something behind that. If we can't offer sanctuary to these people, who will? Not doing so would be tantamount to the betrayal of our moral and historical obligations."
France agreed last Monday to grant asylum to Christians driven from Mosul.
A petition on behalf of Christians in Iraq can be signed here. Donations for their relief can be sent here.