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Iraq's Christians under fire

Published 1856 GMT (0256 HKT) November 18, 2016
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Iraqi Christians displaced from their homes for more than two years attend church on a Sunday evening at a camp in Irbil. Maria Turchenkova for CNN
Nearly 6,000 Christian Iraqis are living in a camp in the Kurdish city of Irbil after ISIS forced them from their hometowns. Maria Turchenkova for CNN
Young Iraqis wait for communion outside a church in Irbil's Ashti camp. Maria Turchenkova for CNN
Many families have decorated their temporary homes, made from shipping containers, with crosses, as if to signal their distress and show their resolve for their faith. Maria Turchenkova for CNN
Boys help out in a carpentry shop at Ashti camp. The Christian families want to return home to rebuild, but many have lost hope for a decent future in Iraq. Maria Turchenkova for CNN
An elderly woman keeps watch over her great-granddaughter at Ashti. She and her family fled Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian city, when ISIS fighters took it over in August 2014. Maria Turchenkova for CNN
Life goes on at Ashti camp, which has restaurants, coffee shops and stores. Here, a man gets a shave and a haircut at the local barber. Maria Turchenkova for CNN
Ashti camp is full of displaced families with many young children. Maria Turchenkova for CNN
Raja Paulous, 46, right, runs a small grocery at Ashti camp. Back home in Qaraqosh, she had a grocery service and led a happy life. She can't find it in her heart to forgive ISIS for destroying her life. Maria Turchenkova for CNN
People gather for service at Ashti camp as the sun goes down on a Sunday evening. Maria Turchenkova for CNN
Christianity took hold in Iraq as early as the first century, but after decades of persecution, fewer than 300,000 Christians remained when ISIS entered Nineveh province. Maria Turchenkova for CNN
The future of Christianity in Iraq is in peril after ISIS mowed through northern Iraq. Some say their religion is dead in the troubled nation. Maria Turchenkova for CNN