Local Iraqi-American Christians hopeful White House will save Christians being persecuted by ISIS

Thousands of displaced Iraqis, many of them Christians, are running from ISIS as the Islamic extremist terror group eyes Baghdad.      

Here in San Diego growing frustration for the many Iraqi-Americans with family there, praying the White House will take action before ISIS wipes them out.

As ISIS inches closer to Baghdad after taking control of Ramadi, Christians, hoping to flee the country before they're killed, got punched in the gut this week.

Hoping their visas would be expedited... the State Department announced they'd get no special treatment.

“You are Christian, that's it, you are nothing. Every time the phone rings, 2, 3 o'clock in the morning I jump, I fear bad news coming,” said Emjed Mansour, who was born in Baghdad.

He lives in Michigan now.

Mansour flew to San Diego just to meet with National Chaldean Spokesman Mark Arabo, because his cousin who wants out of Iraq, begged him to.

“Christians, they are in danger of losing everything, their lives, their family and they cannot fight, they don't have arms, they don't have nothing,” said Mansour.

Arabo has made several trips to the White House, to meet with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and others, but his rally for support, has yielded nothing but frustration.

So he compiled the names of the 70,000 Iraqi Christians who want to leave the country, and their American sponsors with a plan to pull them out with his own team, one by one.

40,000 on the list are children.

“We ask for everyone to keep us in their prayers, because it’s the power of prayer that will get us through this crisis, but to know that these politicians are so dysfunctional that they're apathetic, they don't care about innocent Christians being killed in a genocide, is heartbreaking,” said Arabo.

“Why nobody can help the Christians? That is the sad thing. The Muslims, there's the Gulf countries helping them with arms, with everything, nobody helping Christians,” said Mansour.

Arabo says he's had to remove about 5,000 people from his list of 70,000 because they've been killed.

He says the list continues to shrink.

Information he says he's shared with the White House and the U.S. Department of State. 


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