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Iraqi Christians find safe haven in Jordan’s churches

Many Iraqi Christian refugees have given up on the Middle East and refuse to ever go back to Iraq, even if the Islamic State is completely annihilated.

AMMAN, Jordan — His teenage daughter being married to an Islamic State (IS) fighter, his wife being forced to convert to Islam and his sons being trained by militants in the Islamic State's children's training camps.

These are just a few images Nadjm’s imagined when he was driving from Mosul to elsewhere in northern Iraq in August 2014. Clothing, photos and other personal belongings were left behind. There was no time for packing.

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