Iraq

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Top 5 People Groups

Iraqi Arab: 14,899,000

North Iraqi Arab: 8,196,000

Central Kurd: 4,335,000

Kurmanji Kurd: 3,194,000

Azeri Turk: 2,213,000

Religion

Muslim: 95.4%

Christian: 1.4%

Evangelical: 0.2%

Ethnic: 1.4%


Reference:

Operation World

CIA Factbook

Joshua Project

About Iraq

Iraq is made up of fertile plains enriched by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and is the site of the ancient Babylonian Empire. It is home to 36 People Groups, 26 of whom remain unreached according to the Joshua Project. The Iraqi Arabs are the largest People Group in Iraq and are descendents of the Levant Arabs who spread out from the Arabian Desert into the rest of the Middle East. They have retained their tribal affiliations and live in fortified villages. Iraqi Arabs are split between Shi´ia and Sunni Islam and there is great tension between the two groups. The fourth largest People Group is the Kurmanji Kurds who are part of the Kurd People Cluster. The Kurds are thought to be descended from the ancient Medes and are the largest ethnic group to lack their own state. The Kurds are nominally Muslims but many still respect their ancestral Zoroastrian faith. Tragically Kurds are persecuted in every Middle Eastern country they call home.

Christian Aid supports indigenous missionaries in Iraq whose strategy is to frequently seek to establish one on one relationships with people, because before anyone can talk about the gospel, trust has to be established. Even those who are already interested in learning about Jesus might be reluctant to reveal this to an "outsider."

Recent Prayerline Posts

IRAQ. Displaced people are curious about Christmas and are more open to hear the gospel and receive Bibles ($6 each) during the yuletide season. A native ministry needs assistance to purchase 50,000 Bibles in three languages ...

IRAQ. Often Shinar Mission is allowed only minimal contact with those who have fled from Mosul, where Iraqi coalition forces are fighting to dislodge Islamic State militants. In these situations, they give a displaced person a gospel MP3 player ...

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