Mideast Christians Facing Increased Threats

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From Iraq to Syria and Egypt, Christians in the Middle East are going through tough times today.

Many believers fear the leadership changes taking place in the region will result in violence against them.  Some are even fleeing as attacks increase.

In Iraq, the Christian community is slowly dwindling. Open Doors USA estimates that as many as 95,000 Christians have fled since Muslim extremists attacked a church in October.

Iraq had more than 800,000 Christians before the 2003 invasion but attacks by Muslim radicals have forced many to flee the country.

Today, Open Doors estimates there could be fewer than 300,000 Christians in Iraq.

Meanwhile, in Egypt, Christians are looking for ways to leave the country as concerns grow that radical Islamists are gaining power after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Human rights lawyers say they are receiving calls from hundreds of Christians seeking help in getting out.

At least 20 Christians have been killed in sectarian violence since Mubarak's ouster.

CBN News spoke with Carl Moeller, president of Open Doors USA about what Christians in the Middle East are facing and what can be done to help them.

Click play for his comments.

--Originally aired April 15, 2011.

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