This is a clip from a 1980 documentary on the Silk Road. These are Iraqi Christians near Mousel, one of the oldest Christian communities in the world (dating back to
Â the 1st century AD). Around one million Christians fled Iraqâ€™s cities after the war in 2001, which left 400,000 in the villages. They are violently targeted by Islamists and ignored by the US-backed government.
Note: The prayers the monks are reciting in the clip are in Aramaic.