Around the world: Aid is on way to Christian refugees in Iraq

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The United Nations refugee agency said Friday that it was rushing aid to thousands of Christians who fled a northern Iraqi city.

About 13,000 have been chased away by threats and attacks in Mosul this month, said Ron Redmond, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

That number is more than half the community in a city where Christians have lived since the early days of the religion. Many Detroit-area Iraqi Christians trace family roots to villages near Mosul.

The UN agency has delivered relief supplies to more than 1,700 Christian families now displaced in the north of the country, Redmond said.

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