FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, people gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in the Iraqi capital's southwestern suburb of Hay al-Amal. A suicide bomber struck a Baghdad memorial service for a Shiite militia fighter killed in battle against the Islamic State group, police officials said. Within hours of the Paris attacks last week that left 129 dead, outrage and sympathy flooded social media feeds and filled the airwaves. In Baghdad terrorist attacks are a near weekly occurrence, rarely making international headlines. According to statistics gathered by Iraq Body Count, a UK based NGO documenting civilian deaths in Iraq, last year terrorist bombings killed on average, more than 90 people each month. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

SHOCKING STATISTIC: 1.5 Million Christians Have Fled Iraq Since 2003

Roughly 75 percent of the Iraqi Christian population has fled to other nations since 2003.

The rapid decline of Christians living in the Middle Eastern country is directly tied to the rise in religious persecution, Faithwire reported in April.

Josef Sleve, a Christian member of the Iraqi Parliament, told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday,”the number of Christians living in the country now stands…between 500,000 and 850,000.”

“This means that over the past 14 years, some 1.5 million Christians have emigrated to other countries.”

The pace of Christian emigration has increased since ISIS overtook most of the north and west side of Iraq, he explained.

Last month, Faithwire reported on a new Fox news report released of Christian persecution in Iraq. According to Fox, religious advocacy groups are warning that Christians in the Middle East will be a thing of the past if the international community does not step up efforts to protect them.

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