Iraqi Christians to rally in Southfield today

Iraqi-American Christians are planning to rally today in Southfield to protest the treatment of Iraqi minorities.

In recent weeks, hundreds of Christians have fled Mosul, Iraq after an outbreak of anti-Christian killings by Muslim extremists, organizers said. Many in metro Detroit’s Iraqi-American communities have ties to Mosul and other Iraqi cities with Christian populations.

The rally is being held by the Network of Iraqi-American Organizations and the Michigan Christians of Mosul Relief Committee. After the rally, some are to travel to Washington D.C. to express their concerns to U.S. government officials, members of Congress, and the Iraqi embassy.

Since the war started in 2003, many Christians and Iraqi minorities have been driven out of Iraq.

The demonstration will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Mother of God Chaldean Church Hall, 25585 Berg Road, Southfield.