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Iraq’s Christians wonder where to flee after Islamic State militants take Ramadi city


20 May 2015

Christians in Baghdad are filled with fear now that Islamic State (IS) militants have captured the geographically strategic city of Ramadi. With Ramadi located just 60 miles (100 km) west of Baghdad, Christians in the capital city are wondering where to flee.

Iraqi city of Ramadi, 60 miles west of Baghdad
Iraqi city of Ramadi, 60 miles west of Baghdad
Joey Buccino / CC BY-SA 3.0

Raising their black jihadist flag high above Ramadi on Sunday 17 May, IS fighters are going door-to-door through the city, hunting out government sympathisers and throwing bodies into the Euphrates river. Around 25,000 Iraqis fled the city and are walking eastwards towards the capital.

In pursuit of those fleeing Ramadi, IS continues to advance towards Baghdad. Aid workers are concerned about government blocks to prevent the displaced Iraqis from entering the capital city for fear of militants among the groups. This would leave them trapped as IS advance.